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Kidman resigns from Tarpon

She became the county's most successful volleyball coach in recent years but Carol Kidman said it came at a price _ time spent with her own children.

Kidman said Tuesday that the price was too high and she resigned as the Tarpon Springs High coach.

Kidman, 34, coached the Spongers to the state final four four times in the past five years, coming away with three seconds and a championship in 1990. Her 1993 team finished 27-4, winning its fifth consecutive district title and fourth Pinellas County Athletic Conference championship in the past five years.

"It had become a year-round commitment," said Kidman, who coached club volleyball teams in the off-season. "I don't regret that, but I was always a step behind my own children (ages 8 and 6). I didn't want to be selfish anymore."

A successor has not been chosen. Kidman said she would like to still teach at Tarpon, but she is the only female physical education teacher there. She may have to transfer to make room for another coach. Principal John Nicely said no decision has been made.

"I was kind of shocked when she told me," said Nicely, who used to be a football coach. "But I certainly understand, having been a coach. It will be very difficult to replace her."

Kidman was chosen the 1993 state Class 4A Coach of the Year by her peers, and was also named the Times' Pinellas County Coach of the Year.

"It was becoming unhealthy," Kidman said. "All I was thinking about was the next game plan, the next practice."

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