PALATINE HILL -- Lewis & Clark Pioneers head coach Stacie Gordon announced on Monday that she will resign as head coach of the volleyball program after five seasons and transition to a new chapter as a full-time mother.
Overall, Gordon had been a member of the Lewis & Clark coaching staff for seven seasons.
"It is definitely with mixed emotions that I make this decision," said Gordon. "Lewis & Clark has been my home away from home for the last six-plus years. I have learned so much from the players and staff that I will be forever indebted to this place. I will definitely use some of the lessons I learned while coaching at Lewis & Clark in my next adventure as a mom to my two sweet little boys."
Gordon's twins were born in December.
"We are excited for Stacie to open her new chapter in motherhood and, at the same time, disappointed to see her leave our campus," said Director of Physical Education and Athletics, Shana Levine. "We are appreciative of all she contributed to the Lewis & Clark community over her seven years on staff and the positive manner in which she impacted her colleagues and student-athletes."
Over her five seasons leading the program, Gordon's teams finished with a .293 winning percentage, which ranks second best among Lewis & Clark head coaches since 1992. Of the eight head coaches in program history, Gordon has the fourth-longest tenure.
The high-water mark for the Pioneers under Gordon was in 2015 when Lewis & Clark finished fourth in the Northwest Conference with their most conference victories in four seasons. The prior year, Lewis & Clark finished 11-14 overall, their most wins since 2011 as well. Those seasons were the first back-to-back, double-digit win seasons since 1991.
During her time at Lewis & Clark, Gordon served as a panelist on the Greater Northwest Athletic Conference's "Women in Sports" career seminar, was part of Lewis & Clark's Pioneer Success Institute and the annual girls clinic as part of National Girls and Women in Sports Day. She's had multiple student-athletes make the Dean's List during the last two fall semesters.
In 2016, Alexe Navarro became Lewis & Clark's all-time leader in career digs with a total of 1,795. She was named Northwest Conference Libero of the Year at the end of the 2015 season. Gordon had multiple All-NWC selections each of her first three seasons and at least one all five years.
Gordon spent two additional seasons in the Northwest Conference, competing in the sport at Pacific Lutheran after two years at Western Oregon. For the Lutes, she helped lead her team to two conference titles and NCAA Regional Tournament appearances in 2006 and 2007. She received All-NWC honors both years.