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Gaither boys soccer coach Eric Sims resigns

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Thu. June 27, 2013 | Joey Knight | Email

Gaither boys soccer coach Eric Sims resigns

Gaither boys soccer coach Eric Sims, who led the Cowboys to three final fours in his 12 seasons, told the Tampa Bay Times on Thursday he recently resigned.

A married father of one, Sims said his family priorities and other soccer commitments prompted the decision. A longtime assistant at the University of Tampa (which plays in the fall), Sims also is executive director of the Tampa Bay United Soccer Club.

"When you don't have a family it's kind of easier because you can work 24 hours a day and have nobody to answer to," said Sims, a UT alumnus and former Jesuit High three-sport standout.

"It just got to be a little too much. I just think my time at Gaither is done. I think I've done all I can and it has just run its course."

In 12 seasons, Sims led Gaither to 10 playoff appearances. The Cowboys reached the state tournament in 2004 and made consecutive trips in 2011 and '12, falling in the semifinals each time.

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