ALTON — Sara Ulrich has resigned one position and retained another one at Marquette Catholic High School.
Ulrich, 32, a 2001 Edwardsville High School graduate, resigned Monday as the Explorers’ director of athletics. However, she will continue as their first-year field hockey coach. Ulrich also will keep teaching a physical education class at Marquette until a replacement is found.
Her new full-time post is coordinator for the Beyond the Bell Program in the Triad School District. She has already begun that job and is working at the Silver Creek Elementary School in Troy.
“ There a lot of mixed emotions,” said Ulrich, the Explorers’ athletics director the past four years. She worked at Marquette High the last six years.
“ I wanted to stay on as field hockey coach because that’s my baby,” Ulrich said of the Marquette program beginning this fall. “I hope to stay on and coach field hockey as long as they will have me do it.”
Marquette Principal Mike Slaughter wished Ulrich well in her new endeavor.
“ Sara grew into the job and did a fine job for us,” he said. “The timing is horrible (for her leaving), but I don’t begrudge her. She wanted to watch her children grow up.”
He added, “We are looking for an interim AD now and it looks like the best chance to hire an interim one will be from outside the school. We won’t begin a search for a full-time one until the spring. And we will want to get the best possible candidates.”
Ulrich said she will assist with any duties required in making the transition a smooth one for the new AD
“ I can show them the ropes and help out as much as I’m needed,” Ulrich said. She plans to be available to Marquette in that capacity through the middle of September.
The Triad opening was all about timing and Ulrich realized she didn’t want to pass up the opportunity. Her husband, Larry, is a 2001 Triad High grad, and their family, including son Luke, 5, and daughter Sam, 2, plan to reside in Troy.
“ My new job is more of a teacher’s hours one, and that will allow me to spend more time with my family. It’s more suitable,” Ulrich said. “I’m very excited about it because it’s a great position.
“ When you are an AD, there is a lot of extra stuff going on at school.”
During her time at Marquette, Ulrich saw the Explorers accomplish plenty.
“ There was a lot of success in the program,” she said.
The Marquette boys and girls both won state soccer championships and the Explorers’ softball squad finished in the Top Four at state three times.