From the time when he played volleyball during college to helping former Augusta coach Jeff Regier with camps during the summers, coach Brian Hallmark always had a love for the game. Not only that, he also had a love for teaching the game.

Now, 20 years later, Hallmark has resigned as coach of the Augusta volleyball team.

“I enjoyed every moment of it. I’m just at the point where I want to go.”

Hallmark said he had decided he was ready to leave when the season began. He made it official about a week after the Orioles lost in the sub-State tournament.

Hallmark first became the head coach in 2000, but resigned a few years later. Two seasons ago, he decided to have one more go at it. 

As coach, he was honored with league and metro coach-of-the-year awards.

But Hallmark would be the first to say it wasn’t just because of his coaching.

“I tell people I had special girls,” Hallmark said about those teams. 

Hallmark said the most rewarding aspect of the job was getting the girls to share his same enthusiasm for the game.

“I don’t do it for me, I do it for them,”?he said.

Some of his best memories with the team include coaching with his niece, Taylor Hallmark, on the team this past season. He also enjoyed the year the Orioles went to State. 

More than just what he did on the court, Hallmark said he likes hearing stories about players who went on to college share the same camaraderie they had when they played at Augusta for Hallmark.

- The team will have a new assistant coach next year since Traci Payne also decided she was finished. She said she’d like to spend more time with her family, particularly on Saturdays, when volleyball tournaments are usually played.