Thursday, April 28, 2011 | 10:56 a.m.
Rod Vollan, who has coached in some capacity with football and basketball programs at Cimarron-Memorial High since the school opened in 1991, will retire in June at the end of the school year after 26 years in the Clark County School District.
Vollan has been the Spartans’ varsity football coach the past three years, leading them to a 20-14 record and in 2009 two playoff wins and a trip to the Sunset Regional championship game.
“When you spend 20 years at a place that has provided you so many great moments and memories, it is tough (to leave),” Vollan said. “It was definitely emotional because of all the great times I’ve had at this school.”
Vollan was an assistant in the late 1990s when Cimarron played in three straight football state championship games, winning titles in 1998 and ‘99. The Spartans lost to Reno’s McQueen High in the 1997 finals in a game that went back-and-forth. The following year, Cimarron won the rematch against McQueen, beating the host Lancers on a snowy Northern Nevada day.
“That was one of the great high school football games I’ve seen in this town,” Vollan said of the ‘97 loss.
In basketball, Vollan was an assistant of the school’s 1994 state championship team — the first Cimarron squad to win a title. They also rallied to win state in 1999, needing to win a regular season game just to qualifying for the playoffs before running the table to capture the crown.
No replacement has been named for the football team.