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UF women's golf coach retires after 25 years

Mimi Ryan, the women's golf coach at the University of Florida for 25 seasons, decided her "heart wasn't in it" for another season and announced her retirement Monday.

"Retirement has been in the back of my mind for a long time," Ryan said. "I thought I was ready for another season, but I soon realized my heart wasn't in it for another campaign. I know the timing of this announcement is awkward, but I didn't want to be unfair to this team and myself by not giving my best coaching effort."

Ryan led the Gators to back-to-back NCAA team titles in 1985 and 1986. The Gators have qualified for every national championship but two since 1971 and have finished in the top five nine times.

Ryan did not travel with the Gators to the Lady Paladin Invitational in Greenville, S.C., over the weekend. Todd McCorkle, an assistant coach for the UF men's team, coached the team in her place.

UF men's coach Buddy Alexander and McCorkle will handle the coaching duties of both teams until a new coach is hired.

UF athletic director Jeremy Foley said a nationwide search will begin immediately.

"Obviously, it was a surprise," Foley said.