Amy Beyer retires after 32 years coaching volleyball

HERSHEY, Neb. (KNOP) - When the Hershey volleyball team lost to Gothenburg in their subdistrict game Monday, it wasn't just the end of the season for the Panthers, it was the end of an era. Monday's game was Panthers' coach Amy Beyer's final game coaching the team.

Beyer led the Panthers to seven state playoff appearances, including a runner-up finish in 1997, in her 31 seasons as head coach (Credit: Patrick Johnstone/KNOP-TV)

Beyer took some time to herself in the locker room after everyone had left. "I've never gone home before 4:00. It's a weird feeling, I'll have to get used to it," Beyer said.

Beyer became the head coach for the Panthers in 1988, has been the junior high basketball coach for around 20 years, and has been a coach for the track team for 12 years. Beyer will not coach basketball or track this season, and will retire from teaching at the end of the school year.

"Every year, it's kind of a letdown ending the season, because you're not ready to be done," Beyer said. She also added that ending this year was even harder, because there is no next year to look forward to.

In her 31 years as head coach of the Panthers, Beyer led the team to seven state playoff appearances, including a runner-up finish in 1997.

"I had a really good run. It's been a fun ride," Beyer said.

With all her upcoming free time, Beyer said she will spend some time with her family, as well as getting involved in different team building and coaching organizations. You can also expect to see her back at the high school from time to time.

"I'll probably volunteer, because I'll miss the kids," Beyer said.

Before coaching for the Panthers, Beyer spent one year as the assistant coach for the Sutherland volleyball team.