Dow ns leav ing for Marble Falls

BY MARIE BAKKEN Reporter Staff Writer

Julie Downs led the Lady Dawgs to the playoffs in five straight seasons. Julie Downs led the Lady Dawgs to the playoffs in five straight seasons. THORNDALE–After six years as the Lady Dogs head volleyball coach, Julie Downs is moving on to bigger and better things. Downs has taken the head volleyball coaching job at Class 4A Marble Falls.

“It’s bittersweet,” Downs said of leaving Thorndale after six seasons. “I will miss the kids and staff terribly. The kids have been great to work with and the parents have showed lots of support.” Downs was 110-82 in her six seasons at THS.

She resigned from the Thorndale position on July 5 and just signed her MFISD contract last week.

Downs came to Thorndale from Taylor in 2004. That inaugural year was the only one where the veteran coach wouldn’t lead the Lady Dogs to the postseason. They would reach the playoffs each season from 2005 to 2009.

This summer has been one of transition for the entire Downs family as Julie and husband Tom have married off son David, while daughter Emily is finishing up her last semester at Concordia University in Austin.

“My husband said we are ‘on an adventure’,” Downs said. The couple are familiar with the Marble Falls area as they had hoped to retire there in a few years.

“We had really looked at retiring there,” Downs said.

Her only coaching assignment for now is the head volleyball position and she will also teach Algebra I. Downs hopes to continue the winning ways at Marble Falls, as the volleyball team has reached the postseason the last two years.

“My only regret is that it happened so late in the summer,” Downs said of resigning from her job at Thorndale. She hopes they are able to fill the position quickly.

As of Tuesday, school officials had not “officially” filled the position and the job posting still remained on the school website.

Downs’ job isn’t the only vacancy on the TISD coaching staff. Long time multi-sport assistant Jack Willis resigned/retired earlier in the spring.

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