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Fri. December 18, 2009 | Izzy Gould | Email

Dan Murphy has resigned as Nature Coast's girls volleyball coach after three seasons.

"It's just too much for me to handle," Murphy said.

Murphy informed Nature Coast of his decision in December, but the school agreed to keep his resignation quiet until after the season hoping not to disrupt the goals of the season.

"He felt like he was going at two different ends and he couldn't put the time into it he wanted to," Nature Coast athletic director Kristen Peeples said. "He needed to focus on personal things in his life."

One of those things is running his business, Murphy's Market in Spring Hill.

Murphy's teams won a pair of district titles earning three playoff berths. Peeples said replacing him will be a challenge.

The school will post the position county-wide next month, then open it to outside applicants.

"It's a hard replacement because he's done a great job," Peeples said. "We have a very talented group of kids so we want to get someone that can continue to build the program. It is a hard loss for us."

igould@tampabay.com

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