Jacqui Sheftz, who led Masuk to three state championships during her two stints as the Panthers’ head softball coach, has resigned, she confirmed Tuesday.
“After conversations dating back as far as February and March, it became crystal clear it was time to move on,” said Sheftz, when reached by phone Tuesday.
Sheftz said the entire softball staff has resigned. Sheftz also resigned as the school’s field hockey coach in March.
Sheftz said her time at Masuk was rewarding, both personally and professionally.
“The fact is that for 14 years I have had a great support staff and I have been extremely blessed with some amazing talent,” said Sheftz via e-mail. “The feeder systems, within the Town of Monroe, have been instrumental in bringing kids up to the program. It has been a fantastic run, but unfortunately it is my time to move on. With the underclassmen remaining and a great bunch of kids coming up from the middle school, I am more than confident that Masuk will continue their winning ways. I cannot thank everyone enough; the student-athletes, their parents and the community for their support, effort and commitment throughout the years. Personally, I still have a great love and passion for coaching high school athletics, and I look forward to exploring new coaching opportunities as they arise.”
Sheftz molded the Panthers into one of the state’s most dominant programs since her second stint as Masuk’s head softball coach began in 2003. She previously coached at Masuk from 1998-1999, and at Staples from 2001-2002.
She led the softball team to the Class LL title in 2007 and the Class L championship in 2008 and 2013. The Panthers have advanced to the state semifinals in seven of the last nine seasons. Sheftz has also guided the Panthers to six South-West Conference tournament championships. Sheftz, a 1993 Masuk graduate, has a career record of 286-101.
“Masuk is my alma mater,” Sheftz said. “It’s been an enormous part of my life – it’s all I’ve ever known. It’s cliche to say, but it’s been home.”
During Sheftz’s tenure, Masuk finished as the No. 1 team in the Register Top 10 Poll three times (2007, 2008, 2013).
Sheftz will miss the daily interaction with her players the most.
“Without hesitation, the student-athletes,” Sheftz said. “It’s been over a decade with the student-athletes and the parents believing in what our program stood for.”
Sheftz hopes to coach again in the future.
THE SHEFTZ FILE
Overall record: 286-101
State title game appearances: 4
State championships: 3 (200, 2008, 2013)
State semifinal appearances: 7
SWC Colonial Division championships: 8
SWC tournament championships: 6
Awards: 2014 Connecticut High School Coaches Association Class L coach of year, 2014 CHSCA Coach of Year, 2013 National Fastpitch Coaches Association National Coaching Staff of the Year, 2013 NFPCA East Region Coaching Staff of the Year, 2013 CHSCA Class L Coach of Year, 2008 NFPCA East Region Coaching Staff of the Year