A longtime central Texas girls basketball coach has resigned in the midst of the first month of the season, just after his team jumped out to a 7-1 start.
As reported by the Austin American-Statesman, Cedar Park girls basketball coach Mark Myers resigned unexpectedly Tuesday, citing an inability to continue dealing with the stress that was brought on by his position. Myers, who was also a world history teacher, will leave his teaching position at the school as well, all in an effort to extricate himself from any role that will continue to breed the stress that has interrupted his life.
“I’m done coaching, at least for now,” Myers told the Statesman. “It’s the stress. I can’t eat, can’t sleep. I need a break.”
While Myers is now best known as the girls basketball coach at Cedar Park, where he has coached for 16 years, he had already served as a head coach in Texas for 18 years prior to his 2000 arrival in the Austin suburb of Leander. He began coaching basketball while still a student at Baylor, and has served a grand total of 34 years. That all ended on Tuesday, after more than 800 career victories.
With Myers out of the picture, Cedar Park will reportedly be led for the remainder of the 2016-17 season by Jessica Smith, who served as Myers’ assistant for the prior eight seasons.