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The Dallastown boys’ volleyball program will have a new leader at the helm next season.

After two years as head coach of the Wildcats, Lance Ranck has stepped down from the position. The now-former Dallastown coach said that his decision to leave did not have anything to do with the school administration.

“I just chose for personal and family reasons to resign,” Ranck said.

Ranck had spent the previous six years with the Dallastown boys’ volleyball program, first as an assistant coach and then taking over the head coaching job in 2015. During his two years as head coach he led the program to a 17-14 record and they qualified for the District 3 tournament in his first season. The Wildcats have reached the YAIAA playoffs during both years of Ranck’s tenure.

The outgoing coach said he told several of the team’s returning players last week. The players he spoke with were “very upset” about his decision to step down, Ranck said.

“It was very difficult,” Ranck said about his decision.

While Ranck has decided to take a break from coaching at the moment, he hasn’t ruled out returning to coaching in the future.

“I’m going to play it by ear right now to be honest with you,” he said. “I’ve got one (son) who is going to graduate next year and then another one who will be a sophomore. I’m not the type of parent that’s going to leave. I want to watch my boys play.”

Ranck coached his oldest son Peyton last season at Dallastown. While Ranck will get more time to just enjoy his two sons play, but he will miss coaching them as well.

“I’m definitely going to miss that coaching aspect,” Ranck said. “But it will be nice to kind of sit back there and focus on my kids for a change for a little bit.”

The Dallastown school district has set a deadline of July 21 for applicants to apply for the opening, according to a listing on the school’s website. The job was posted online on Tuesday.

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