The University of La Verne has fired women’s volleyball coach Marlon Sano and football coach Andy Ankeny. Could someone else be next? There are a lot of sports there struggling right now. So is it really the coaches or are there other reasons teams are failing? Maybe the school isn’t hiring the right people. Only time will tell.
The termination of Sano is probably a little surprising because he just completed his second year and had a mark of 42-25. But this is volleyball and standards in that sport at that school are pretty high. It has produced three national championships and 27 All-Americans. The Leopards failed to get into the playoffs this year and that’s big news.
Ankeny had been there four years and was 4-32. The program was in trouble when he took over. To the Leopards credit, they kept battling and never gave up. There were a lot of close losses – 20-14 to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 28-26 in triple overtime to Pomona-Pitzer, 35-28 to Chapman.
Canning the coaches now gives the school plenty of time to look for quality successors but it also gives those coaches time to find other employment so they can do what is best for their families.