MISSOULA — Missoula Big Sky head volleyball coach Amy Roberts is on leave, according to a statement from Big Sky High School athletic director Sabrina Beed.
Junior varsity coach Brielle Rolle will assume head coaching duties of the varsity squad along with her role as JV head coach.
"The Big Sky administration is confident in Brielle’s ability to assume this role," Beed said in a statement late Wednesday evening. "Our administrative team will actively support her in all levels of Big Sky volleyball."
Roberts, who is also a math teacher at Big Sky, is also on leave "of all of her responsibilities at Big Sky," according to Beed.
Reasons for Roberts' leave were not provided. Players were notified of the current coaching situation by the school's statement.
406mtsports.com reached out to Roberts for comment, but she has not responded as of 10 p.m. Wednesday.
The announcement comes one night after the Eagles won a thrilling five-set match against crosstown rival Missoula Hellgate. Big Sky is in the midst of one of Roberts' best seasons at the helm of the volleyball team.
Roberts took over head coaching duties at Big Sky in 2014 and had compiled a 26-59 overall record (8-37 in conference) after Tuesday's win. The Eagles are 5-4 in conference play (10-5 overall) this season, however, and they currently sit in third place in the Western AA.
Roberts' name is a mainstay when it comes to volleyball in Montana. The Eureka High School graduate was a University of Montana volleyball player from 2007-11 and is one of just a handful of Griz players to reach both the 1,000-kill and 1,000-dig threshold.
While coaching at Big Sky, she had also coached at Montana Volleyball Academy. In 2014, she coached the MVA 14 National team to a Girls Junior National Championship appearance. She also played professional volleyball in Finland.
Big Sky is slated for another crosstown match against Missoula Sentinel on Tuesday before the Missoula County Public School's invite on Oct. 19-20. Big Sky has two more regular season matches after the MCPS Invite before postseason — Oct. 26 at Helena Capital and Oct. 28th against Helena High.
If Big Sky were to retain its No. 3 seed, the Eagles would host the league's No. 6 seed with a trip to the Class AA state volleyball tournament in November on the line.
"We are just amazingly proud of our girls and it’s our hope and absolute belief that we’ll continue to move toward success and hopefully playoffs and state," Beede said of the team to 406mtsports.com. "I have high hopes for the girls and I fully believe it will continue within that arena of success this year.
"We’re super proud of them and we fully believe Brielle will do a fantastic job stepping in. It’s our hope that we won’t skip a beat."