QUINCY -- Tiffaney Rains-Eaton enjoyed the Xs and Os of coaching, but she placed a higher value on being a role model for the Quincy High School volleyball players and teaching them the importance of commitment and integrity.
Her resignation is another lesson in that regard.
Rains-Eaton and Quincy athletic director Scott Douglas met with the Blue Devils on Thursday morning to inform them she was resigning after one season at the helm.
"You have to look at it like a parent," Rains-Eaton said. "Sometimes you have to do what's hard because you know that's what is best. I've said from the beginning my No, 1 job is to show these girls what being healthy and balanced and being a good role model is.
"That's what I'm doing. This is me making my family a priority and making the volleyball players a priority, because I don't have the time to give them that they deserve."
Rains-Eaton, who is a behavioral health therapist with the Quincy Medical Group, was married last November and needs time to devote to her family.
"I genuinely am happy, healthy and blessed," Rains-Eaton said.
She simply needs more hours in a day to accomplish all she can.
"The time that it takes to build a successful program is immense and these girls deserve someone who can fully dedicate that time," Rains-Eaton said.
A Camp Point native graduated from Central High School in 2002 and earned a bachelor's degree in education from Illinois College. Rains coached in the QHS program from 2009-13 under Barb Crist but gave up coaching when she returned to school to earn a master's degree.
The itch to coach never waned.
She returned to the game last spring when she was hired to replace Kelly Sullivan. The Blue Devils went 15-20 last fall, finishing second behind Moline in the Western Big Six Conference.
They will return first-team all-area outside hitter Alexis Wolf and honorable mention All-WB6 setter De'Onna Douglas.
"They're an amazing group and are going to do amazing things," Rains-Eaton said.
She won't be too far away to watch it transpire.
Rains-Eaton said she intends to give her full support to the program and will help the transition for a new head coach in whatever way is deemed necessary. She's not closing the door on coaching again, either.
"I can guarantee you that I'm not done coaching," Rains-Eaton said. "Right now, it's pure timing and time commitment. I want to make sure these players and these families get the commitment from a coach that they deserve."