Gulf Coast women’s basketball coach Cayla Petree resigns

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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) – Gulf Coast head women’s basketball coach Cayla Petree resigned on Thursday.

Sources say she is leaving the Commodores to take the head coaching job at Morehead State as their women’s basketball coach stepped down just last month.

Petree only coached the Commodores for one season taking over from long-time head coach Roonie Scovel.

“I very much wanted to be here, I will say this I’ve wanted to become a Division I coach for the past 25 years, so a huge opportunity for me, a lifelong goal that absolutely would not have been possible without Gulf Coast,” Petree said.

In one season with the team, she had a record of 12-10 overall and went 8-8 in conference play. However, she also took them to the national tournament this year as well.

She said Gulf Coast truly got her ready for the opportunity at the Division I level.

“It was a learning experience you know, it dropped me into a different area of the country, allowed me to compete in one of the toughest junior college sin the country what we played Chipola and Northwest Florida, what 10 times? The Panhandle conference is comparable to a mid-major division I the players the coaches, so I think it has prepared me for my next opportunity,” Petree said.

Gulf Coast athletic director Mike Kandler said they will be searching for a new head coach immediately and hope to have someone in by next month.

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