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Austin head coach Jen Sims retires after 18 years

Published 11:44pm Wednesday, February 20, 2013

After 18 years of coaching dance, Jen Sims is walking away from the Packer dance team.

Sims, who led the Packers to 11 straight state dance meet appearances in her time with the Packers, announced her retirement from the team, along with assistants Marni Rohr, Jamie Coleman and Wendy Fleiner after the Packers took fourth at state Saturday.

“It has been a very difficult decision to retire,” Sims said. “It was a balancing act to allow all four of us, who have families and work full time to be able to coach as long as we have. Sometimes, life’s priorities take over and we have to make difficult choices.”

Sims began coaching 18 years ago in Montevideo, Minn. when she was pregnant with her daughter Taryn, who was a senior captain on this year’s dance team.

She coached in Austin for 11 years.

“I know I can speak for all of us,” Sims said. “We love this program and the girls and families involved, we formed a great coaching staff and worked so well together, blending our personalities and talents. We have some amazing memories.”

Sims hopes she left a lasting impression on her team as she walks away.

“As coaches, we hope we’ve taught the girls about more than the athleticism and artistic sides of dance team, but also the values of teamwork, dedication, believing in yourself, and setting goals,” Sims said. “We will miss the girls most of all.”


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  • bamber2

    I personally feel that this is a blessing in disguise, The coaches hearts have not been there for quite a while and it has shown in their attitudes, These girls have great talent and deserve someone that wants them to go all the way their performances this year were fabulous and with a little encouragement instead of criticism could have been in the top three if not the top.

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    • mngirl

      Wow you have obviously never met any of the coaches of the dance team… they are AMAZING! Don’t make comments on things you know nothing about.

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    • Big fan

      You could not be any further off the mark on that comment! I have never seen such love and dedication from any coach

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  • John

    Well done Jen!

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