Meadville Tribune


July 31, 2013

Stepping down: Bancroft resigns as Maplewood boys head coach

One of the most successful and recognizable high school coaches in Crawford County has decided to hang up her whistle … one of her whistles, anyhow.

Sheila Bancroft has stepped down as the head boys volleyball coach at Maplewood. She will remain the head coach of the girls program.

Bancroft submitted her letter of resignation regarding the boys program this week. The move must still be approved by the PENNCREST School Board, whose next meeting is Aug. 8.

“I always said when I was ready to leave coaching I would know,” Bancroft said. “I didn’t know. But I know I have to slow down.”

Bancroft coached the boys volleyball team in the spring for eight seasons, while also coaching the girls volleyball team in the fall. She also volunteered time with the junior high boys and girls volleyball teams and ran the Junior Olympic Flash Volleyball Club. She is also a full-time elementary school physical education teacher.

“I’ve been trying to juggle it all,” Bancroft said. “Not only am I running myself down and cheating my family, I’m cheating the programs because I’m not able to give them the time.”

Bancroft, who will enter her 27th season as the girls volleyball head coach, took over as boys volleyball head coach in December of 2005 following the retirement of Randy Sovisky.

A Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Famer, Bancroft compiled an overall dual match record of 106-37 during her tenure. She led the Tigers to four Region 1 titles with the boys, two District 10 crowns and a state runner-up trophy.

However, while coaching the boys team, Bancroft’s wasn’t able to spend as much time as she liked with the girls junior high program, whose season coincides with the boys’.

Then last month, junior high girls coach Angela Groshner submitted her resignation to accept a nursing job in Pittsburgh. So Bancroft knew it was time to let someone else take over the boys team so she could devote more time to the school’s girls program, as well as her family. Yet, the decision did not come easy.

“It is one of the toughest decisions I’ve made in my life,” Bancroft said.

Bancroft said she wrote the letter of resignation with her husband Rory’s help with tears running down her face. Then on the day she intended to turn in the resignation, Bancroft had a slight change of heart, tucked the letter back inside her purse and left without submitting the letter.

Finally submitting the letter was, she said, “The right decision. I have my family too. My kids will start having kids. Emily (her daughter) lives in Texas now. I could never just say, ‘I’m going away for the weekend to go visit her.’ Now, if I wanted to get on a plane in January or February and go to visit her, I can do that.”

Bancroft said she had considered resigning before the 2013 season, but wanted to make sure the right person was ready to take over the program.

“I’m the type of person who wanted to find the right person,” Bancroft said. “And I just couldn’t find the right person. I still haven’t. But will I ever find that person who I am happy with? Probably not. I want things to be perfect. But I have to understand that it can’t be run my way and that it is O.K. for someone else to do it and I’m sure they will do just as good.”

Bancroft said she is willing to stay on staff as a volunteer and help whoever it is that winds up taking over the position. In the meantime, she will head back to where it all began, coaching the varsity and junior varsity girls teams in preparation for the fall season and molding the future of that program as the junior high girls coach. As for how long Bancroft plans to retain those positions?

“I have no clue,” she said. “I don’t know what I’d do without it.”

Text Only
  • Mitchell Wood FCV’s season comes to an end

    The end of an era.
    So it was with French Creek Valley dropping a 5-4 decision to Albion Post 567 in the Region 8 Tournament at Northwestern High School on Wednesday. For several key players, it was the last time they would put on the blue uniform for head coach Brandon Crum.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Meadville falls to NA in Junior League state opener

    The Meadville Junior League All-Stars spent all baseball season perfecting the art of winning.

    July 23, 2014

  • Rookie CB Gilbert signs with Browns

    Justin Gilbert’s got his contract with the Browns. Now he needs a starting job.

    July 23, 2014

  • Bills Camp Bills QB, coach differ on offense’s performance

    Bills quarterback EJ Manuel and coach Doug Marrone had widely conflicting assessments on how the offense performed on the third day of training camp.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • FCV tops Cochranton to advance

    French Creek Valley kept its stay in the Pennsylvania Region 8 American Legion Tournament alive on Tuesday in impressive fashion.

    July 22, 2014

  • Kinter and Neff Error-free defense, hitting propel District 1 to state title

    When Tom Brunot, Doug Hecker and Mark McKissock agreed about a month ago to take on a Senior League softball team they felt fairly confident in their team’s ability to defend its turf with a state championship on the line.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • FCV falls to Millcreek

    It may go down as one of the oddest games in Region 8 history.

    July 22, 2014

  • Meadville captures Section 1 title over DuBois

    For anyone confused about all the fire truck sirens and honking car horns that echoed through the streets of Meadville around 5 p.m. on Sunday, here’s the explanation:

    July 22, 2014

  • District 1 showcases 'D' in victory

    A strong defense up the middle is often where championship teams are born. The District 1 Senior League softball team certainly fills the bill.

    July 22, 2014

  • Trevor Smith St. Marys tops METS to win title

    When it’s two good teams going head-to-head in the game of baseball, sometimes a simple bad bounce can mean the difference between a win and a loss.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

Sports Scoreboard
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Business Marquee
AP Video
Raw: Families Travel to Taiwan Plane Crash Site Arizona Execution Takes Almost Two Hours Gen. Odierno Discusses Ukraine, NATO at Forum Gaza Fighting Rages Amid Cease-Fire Efforts Mint Gives JFK Coin a Face-lift Creative Makeovers for Ugly Cellphone Towers Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return Raw: ISS Cargo Ship Launches in Kazakhstan Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Former NTSB Official: FAA Ban 'prudent' EPA Gets Hip With Kardashian Tweet Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in the Netherlands Biden Decries Voting Restrictions in NAACP Talk Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's US, UN Push Shuttle Diplomacy in Mideast

The latest proposed expansion plan for the Crawford County Courthouse potentially would eliminate the former Tarr Mansion on Diamond Park to make room for a county administrative building. Should the 1860 mansion be demolished?

Leave it alone because it’s historic.
Try to incorporate it into the proposed expansion.
It’s too far gone to save, but it’s memory may be preserved with an artifacts and photo display within the proposed courthouse complex.
     View Results
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide