Jason Roemer

Lake Dallas coach Jason Roemer raises his hands, while his team plays opponent, Krum, at Lake Dallas High School.

Lake Dallas volleyball coach Jason Roemer, who took over in April after an overwhelmingly successful run at a pair of Central Texas schools, has resigned from his position with the Lady Falcons and is heading back home.

Roemer, who has a record of 389-328, said he is returning to Fredericksburg, where he has spent the majority of his career. He will finish out the year as a business teacher at Lake Dallas before replacing Kaci Rittimann, who is stepping away from coaching after leading the Battlin’ Billies since 2016.

“The opportunity presented itself and we decided we missed the Hill Country,” Roemer said. “We’re going to give it another run in Fredericksburg. As I told the kids at Lake Dallas, this is a family thing. Until you get away, you don’t really know how much you’ll miss the relationships and the family we have in that area. We decided that’s where our family needs to be right now, so that’s where we’re headed.”

Roemer first took over the Fredericksburg volleyball program a few years into its existence and was the Battlin’ Billies’ coach for 15 years before making the jump to the Class 5A level at nearby Kerrville Tivy in 2016.

Roemer led Fredericksburg to nine consecutive playoff appearances before his departure, and the Battlin’ Billies advanced to the regional tournament in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2014 and 2015.

At Tivy, Roemer missed the playoffs in his first year before guiding the team to its first Region IV final since 1977.

Roemer, the president of the Texas Girls Coaches Association, used his success in the Hill Country to pursue an opportunity in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, which he called the state’s premier volleyball region.

Roemer landed at Lake Dallas in April after Angel Mauterer left to become an assistant at Prosper, and the Lady Falcons went 10-28 and finished tied for third in District 8-5A with a predominately young, inexperienced roster.

“If this was just about coach Roemer coaching volleyball and teaching business classes, we wouldn’t leave,” Roemer said. “Lake Dallas has been great to us in helping us transition. The success we had at the end of the year last year and the success that is coming — if it was solely about that, we would never leave.

“This program wasn’t in terrible shape when I got here, but it’s only going to get better. I hope we helped lay a foundation for them to springboard off of to have a little bit more success.”

Fredericksburg is coming off a fourth-place finish in District 28-4A, and the Battlin’ Billies knocked off Liberty Hill in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs.

Fredericksburg will lose district MVP Rose Stuewe, first-team all-district selections Calissa Vollmer and Molly Pluenneke and second-team selections Kate Wenzel and Larkin Penn to graduation, but Roemer is familiar with the rising senior class, as the group was in eighth grade in the final year of his first stint with the school.

“I know the kids, I know the families and I think that’s what helped me get the job,” Roemer said. “There were some good coaches that applied, but my familiarity with those kids and those families will make the transition pretty seamless and easy.”

With Roemer returning home to the Hill Country, Lake Dallas will be searching for its fourth coach in four seasons. Heather Van Noy, who left for Guyer in 2017, spent six seasons at Lake Dallas and was the last coach to stay with the program for more than a year.

Both Mauterer and Roemer departed after one season with the Lady Falcons.

Lake Dallas athletic director Scott Head said he posted the position to the school website last Friday, just before the school district went on spring break. Head said he will begin reaching out to applicants next week in hopes of finding a replacement as soon as possible.

“Roemer has been nothing but great for us, and I hate to see him go,” Head said. “We’ve had some great volleyball coaches the last few years, and they’ve left on great terms. Coach Roemer didn’t leave us high and dry; he’s going to help as much as he can. We owe it to the kids to get a good one.”

BRADY KEANE can be reached at 940-566-6869 and via Twitter at @BradyKeane.

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