Todd Donohoe, who started the football program at Strawberry Crest in 2009, resigned Tuesday from a job he spent the last two years describing as the best gig he's ever had.
Donohoe said he resigned to spend more time with his wife and daughter.
"I'll leave it at that,'' he said.
Donohoe, a Plant City resident, led the Chargers to a 3-7 record in his first season, and went 5-5 last season. He feels confident he is leaving a team "headed in the right direction.''
His resignation is sudden, and a shock. While he declined to go into details, he said "I'm heartbroken. It's not something I wanted to do. I love the kids at Strawberry Crest. I love my team.''
Donohoe, who hired former county star Keith Newman as the team's defensive coordinator recently -- an indication his decision to resign was a quick one -- stressed that walking away from the young program had nothing to do with the Chargers' new district, which includes longtime county stalwarts Armwood, Jefferson and Hillsborough.
He also said he will no longer be teaching at the school.
Before Strawberry Crest, Donohoe coached at Dunedin, where he was also a standout player and set the school record for tackles in a season.