Culhane stepping away from the sideline

Alyssa Ladehoff gets instruction from coach Terry Culhane during the 1996 season. The Panthers won their last of five Class A state championships under Culhane that fall. Tracy Headlight Herald file photo

Terry Culhane started coaching volleyball well before it became a mainstream sport in high school. And he didn’t just coach it, he put it on the local map.

But after decades of leading high school and college volleyball teams to state, regional and national prominence, the sideline staple has decided to step away from the game.

“One of my goals was to coach another year with Paul (Soupir), and unfortunately he passed away, so it just seemed like the right time for me to be done with it,” Culhane said Tuesday. “And I want to spend more time with my wife than I have over the years.”

See more of this story in this week’s Tracy Area Headlight Herald