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Coach looks back on career

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As I reflect on my 31 years of coaching girls’ sports at Galax High School, I felt like I needed to take the time to publicly thank several groups that helped make my coaching career both successful and enjoyable.
I know it is impossible to thank everyone, so if I leave anyone out, I apologize.
First I would like to thank all of the school board members, superintendents, principals, assistant principals, athletic directors, and city council members.
Also a big thank you to the faculty, staff, bus drivers, students and all the support personnel at Galax Elementary, middle, and high schools for your incredible willingness to help and support the volleyball program.
I personally thank all the parents of our girls for their outstanding support. You make up our most loyal fan base.
I thank all of my assistant coaches, managers, scorekeepers, filmers and especially the players I’ve had the privilege to work with over the years. You have provided me with unforgettable memories that I will cherish forever.
I also thank the Galax community for its support. Local businesses, church organizations, our athletic boosters, the Galax Recreation Center, Williams Physical Therapy, Galax Fire Department and many individuals have given both time and money to ensure our programs had the best of everything.
A special thanks goes out to The Gazette and their fine sports writers for outstanding coverage and promotion of girls’ sports in the Twin County region. I look forward to spending many hours reading Craig Worrell’s amazing articles as he continues to cover our teams.
I especially want to thank all of my family and friends, especially my husband, Donald, and my son, Tyler, who have been a constant source of love and support. I now look forward to following my son’s football career at Emory & Henry College.
Once again, thank you to the “Maroon Tide Nation,” which I always hope to be a part of.
Rose Houk
Retired volleyball and girls track coach
Galax High School, 1981‑2012