Sean Douglas helped the St. Lucy’s volleyball program to CIF prominence in his seven years there. But now he’s taking on an entirely new challenge to too far away.
Douglas is the coach at Life Pacific College in nearby San Dimas which is trying to resurrect its sports programs which were cut in 2007.
The first programs to be brought back will be women’s volleyball and men’s basketball which make their return in the fall.
The decision came down to family as the schedule Douglas can keep will be more conducive to spending quality time with wife Mallory and their children, ages 3 and 6.
“I really love St. Lucy’s and I am going to miss it,” he said. “I loved the school and the girls. It was just about having more quality time with my kids. I can always go back and coach high school volleyball but I can’t get back all these moments with the kids.”
Douglas led the Regents to six straight league titles, that run ending the past fall when the school moved into the tougher Baseline League. He also directed the team to CIF titles in 2010 and 2011.
Douglas also serves as owner and club director for Pacific Juniors which remains his main source of income. The position at Life Pacific is a part-time one for now.
His familiarity with high school and club volleyball should serve him well when it comes to recruiting.
“My schedule is very flexible right now,” he said. “Once we start practice can schedule it for noon or whatever. With high school you pretty much have to have it a certain time and I was spending a lot of time with the lower levels too. I was getting home late and my kids were already in bed.”
Life Pacific will compete in the National Christian Collegiate Athletic Association. Plans eventually call for the school to move to NAIA where it will go into the Golden State Athletic Conference which has had several schools lately for Division II.