One of Anne Arundel County's most respected and enthusiastic boys soccer coaches, Tim Laur, turned in his resignation at St. Mary's High of Annapolis on Friday.
Laur, who started the boys program at St. Mary's nine years ago as a club team, said he gave his resignation to Athletic Director Carmine Blades on Friday. Blades could not be reached late Friday night.
"There's a lot to it, pro and con, but I think it's time to let someone else take over, and it may be a good time for a transition," said Laur Friday night.
"I've had the program since it started, but it's a good time for a transition."
Laur led the Saints to an overall record of 12-4 in the Maryland Scholastic Association B Conference last season, but in a move up to the MSA A Conference this fall, his Saints slipped to 9-8-2. They did qualify for the playoffs but were eliminated in the first round.
Whether the move up was something Laur didn't agree with is not known.
He didn't want to comment on that.
Laur was named Anne Arundel County Sun Boys Soccer Coach of the Year in 1985 after leading the Saints to a 10-5-2 record in their first year of varsity soccer.
St. Mary's played an independent schedule that season and beat the school's archrival, Severn, 2-1. Severn went on to become an MSA B Conference co-champion and after the upset win over the Admirals, Laur said, "that was the beginning of the soccer tradition at St. Mary's."
Laur was right, as the Saints went to establish one of the quality programs in the county.