Thirteen days ago, Corona del Mar High Athletic Director Don Grable was on the road. He went to watch the boys' volleyball team play at Beckman, not to talk the coach into applying for the girls' volleyball job.
Grable said Steve Conti had not applied for the opening and he understood why.
"He's got a family," Grable said of Conti, who coached the girls' program before, starting in 1997, when he led CdM to a CIF Southern Section Division III-AA title, and then resigned in 2001 because he and his wife were starting a family. "It's a big-time responsibility to fill two positions with two little kids. Respect his decision. He does a hell of a job coaching the boys. Am I disappointed or frustrated [that he did not apply]? No. I'd be really disappointed and frustrated if we lost him as boys coach, though. I want to keep him around.