Nine games into a season showing promise in the win-loss column, Tampa Catholic softball coach Vernon Tatum has walked away from his job.
And his staff of assistants has followed him.
Athletic director Freddie Langiotti confirmed Tatum, whose team is 7-2, turned in his resignation Monday afternoon. Reached by the Tampa Bay Times on Tuesday evening, Tatum said he exited mostly for "professional reasons" and left it at that.
When asked if the team's parents had anything to do with his resignation, Tatum said, "No comment." When asked why his staff followed him, Tatum offered the same response.
His only comment for the record: "I had responsibilities at work, and I couldn't give the time needed to do the job."
Cindy Deters, a physical education teacher at TC, will take over the team on an interim basis. The Crusaders host Springstead on Thursday afternoon.
A distribution and systems operator for a local utilities company, Tatum was in his eighth season as Crusaders coach. He guided his 2009 and '10 teams to the Class 3A playoffs.
He remains coach of the Tampa Mustangs 18-under traveling squad, and said he would like to return to the prep level in the future.