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LINDEN — North Montgomery volleyball coach Jodi Webster resigned earlier this week after 15 seasons of guiding the Chargers.
Webster’s overall record and accomplishments along with her impact on not just the volleyball program, but athletics at North Montgomery was recognized by North Montgomery athletic director Matt Merica following her resignation.
“She’s been at it a long time, and has ran a first-class program for 15 years,” Merica said. “She worked hard and cares about the kids. That’s evident — I think she won something like 256 games, three sectionals, and four conference championships. She has been the face of North Montgomery for a long time.”
Webster totaled 255 wins against 234 losses, and won a trio of sectional titles, and four Sagamore Conference championships. She also won seven county titles in 15 seasons.
“I love this program, the kids I have worked with, North Montgomery, and the opportunity I was blessed with to do what I love each and every day,” Webster said.
The volleyball program at North Montgomery is one of the most successful programs in school history with 20 IHSAA Sectional titles, and Webster took over the program in 2005 and continued to elevate it.
After a 20-10 record in 2005, the Chargers won at least 23 games each of the next five years, winning three sectional titles (2006, 2008, 2010), three straight Sagamore Conference championships (2007, 2008, 2009) and five straight county titles.
“I have been truly blessed to have the ability to work with such fine coaches, and athletes,” Webster added. “To go to a match and have outstanding referees. To have a community that has supported me and has stood by my side and supported my program for so many years. It has just been a great adventure for me.”
The Chargers struggled down the stretch with five straight losing seasons, including a 4-28 mark this season, but the sport of volleyball was always about more than wins and losses for Webster.
“Coaching has been more than just practice and games,” she said. “It has been about building relationships and making a difference in young people’s lives.”
Webster also appreciates the time spent within the North Montgomery athletic family that allowed her family to grow up in the gym.
“This journey has given me so much over the years,” she said. “My family got the opportunity to grow up in the gym and understand competition, sportsmanship, passion for sport and hard work. They have been part of this from the beginning. Being able to walk this journey with my husband and sons has been priceless.”
Webster’s sons, Ty (Class of 2013), Tanner (Class of 2017), and Drew (Class of 2020) were all three all-conference football players for the Chargers and state qualifiers in wrestling. Webster and her husband, Robby, continue to be avid supporters of North Montgomery wrestling, with Drew gearing up for his senior season.