McIntosh resigns as East volleyball coach

Columbus East coach Ellyn McIntosh talks to her team during a timeout against Bloomington North Aug. 15 at Columbus East.

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Ellyn McIntosh, who coached the Columbus East volleyball program she once starred in, has announced her resignation.

McIntosh spent four years as the Olympians coach, winning back-to-back sectional titles in 2021 and 2022. East went 10-22 this season.

“This decision did not come lightly,” McIntosh wrote in her resignation letter to athletics director David Miller. “In my current season of life, I feel like I am unable to put into the program the time and effort it deserves. I would love to help with the transition to a new staff in any way possible to ensure the success of the program.”

The former Ellyn Jones was a four-year letterwinner for the Olympians from 2007-10 and a three-time All-Hoosier Hills Conference, two-time All-State and two-time The Republic Volleyball Player of the Year selection. She led East to four consecutive sectional titles and a final four appearance in Class 4A her senior year and graduated as the school’s all-time and single-season assists leader.

McIntosh went on to play two years at IUPUI before transferring to Alabama State. The Hornets won Southwest Athletic Conference titles and advanced to the NCAA Tournament both years she was there, and she was the SWAC Setter of the Year in 2014.

“I am so very honored to have had the opportunity to coach at a program as prestigious as Columbus East,” McIntosh said. “It was always a dream of mine to come back and coach for the school and program that gave so much to me. Therefore, it saddens me to inform you that this is my formal resignation as the Head Coach of the Columbus East Volleyball Program.”