Bob Beckman, Dunedin's girls' basketball coach for the past five years, resigned this week to pursue other interests.
Beckman, who did not teach at the school, said it was an inconvenience for the program not to have a coach on campus each day. In addition, his daughter Amy, a senior on this year's team, will graduate in a few weeks.
"This is a decision I thought about for a long time," he said. "It wasn't easy."
Perhaps the hardest part will be leaving star guard Tina Gillems, who averaged 21.9 points and 8 rebounds per game in her junior season. "It's so hard to leave a player like her," he said.
In addition to its girls' basketball slot, Dunedin is also accepting applications for a boys' soccer coach and cheerleading sponsor. For information, call Kyle Johnson at 469-4100.
_ ROBBI PICKERAL