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Basketball

Coaches needed in Oregon

Faith McNamee, Quinn Virgil recently submitted resignations

Oregon High School is in the market for head coaches in two high profile sports, following recent resignations by Faith McNamee and Quinn Virgil.

When sports (hopefully) resume in the fall, the OHS volleyball program will be under new leadership after McNamee stepped down at the end of February. She will continue teaching at the Chana Education Center, where she has been 5 of the past 8 years.

McNamee cited family as the reason for stepping down as coach. She and her husband, Sean, have a soon-to-be 1-year-old son, Benjamin, they are raising in their Oregon home, and volleyball was cutting into family time.

“It just made sense to step away from volleyball at this time, to focus our attention on Benjamin, and hopefully more children later,” McNamee said. “Sometime down the road, I’d like to get back into coaching volleyball, whether it’s at Oregon or somewhere else, but for now, this is what’s best for me and my family.”

The Hawks had a good run under McNamee, with a 187-69-5 record and three regional titles (2013, 2014 and 2017) in her seven seasons as head coach. They were 22-13-1 this past season.

“We hit our stride as a program, but we were successful before I became the head coach,” McNamee said. “Christy Sitze set us up for success before me, and we were able to continue that. Really, it’s all about the girls. We’ve been fortunate to have very talented athletes to work with in Oregon.”

Virgil cited professional and personal reasons for stepping down as head boys basketball coach after 12 seasons with a career record of 150-202, capped by a 19-14 mark in 2019-20.

A special education teacher for 18 years, including the past 13 at Oregon, Virgil noted he does not have a master’s degree, but plans to pursue one in athletic administration in the near future.

“If you’re going to be in teaching, you need a master’s degree, otherwise you’re leaving a lot of money on the table, especially as you get toward retirement,” Virgil said.

Virgil and his wife, Kelli, also will have more time to watch their daughter, Abigail, play volleyball for the Hawks and at the club level. Abigail is a sophomore at Oregon High School.

“I was able to go to high school games, but missed a lot of club volleyball,” Virgil said. “Basketball just takes so much time. June 15 is our anniversary, and I can’t think of one that Kelli hasn’t spent in a gym, because that’s when we do a lot of our summer ball. Her birthday is December 14, and there are Christmas tournaments getting started.

“Thanksgiving, I’m always putting together a game plan for who we play next. It will be different this year, not having to do that.”

That game preparation, however, was something Virgil cited among the things he’ll miss the most.

“I love breaking down film,” he said. “Any coaches who need help with that, I’m there. Getting ready to play a game, and then game day, there’s nothing like that. The games, and then the relationships that you build with players, that’s what I’m going to miss the most.”

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