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Barons' Moran gives up boys basketball coaching duties

Citing a heavy workload as athletic director, St. Petersburg Catholic's Mike Moran said Tuesday he has resigned as boys basketball coach.

Moran will remain athletic director, but a basketball coaching career that began in 1986 at Plant is over.

"It's my second year as AD, and if I'm going to do this right it's hard to take that four months to focus on my team and do the rest of the school justice as well," said Moran, 52, before adding with a chuckle, "that, and 27 years is a long time."

Moran was hired by SPC in 2000, going 248-117 with six district championships and three region titles.

His best teams were led by former star Aaron Holmes (as well as Grady Jorgenson, Ed Rolax and future Division I-A football players Billy Tapp and Jock Sanders), as the Barons advanced to the state tournament in Lakeland three straight seasons.

In 2004, the Barons lost 57-47 in the Class 3A state final to Cocoa Beach but could not advance past the semifinals in 2005 and '06.

"It's been my honor to be the basketball coach here at St. Petersburg Catholic for 13 years, and I've got to work with some great, great players and fine young men," Moran said. "I thank everyone for their support."

Moran coached four seasons at Plant and two at King before a stint at the University of Tampa from 1994-98. His overall high school record is 338-117.

Moran said he hopes to name a successor within the week. The new coach will inherit a team that has won 37 games the past two seasons.

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