(April 30, 2013) -- Shelly Hayes resigned Tuesday as Copperas Cove head softball coach after one season. Hayes intends to continue coaching softball in the San Antonio area.
"There are some opportunities to do so and I'm exploring those," Hayes said. "There are some family issues and I need to get closer to my family. This has nothing to do with the girls..with anything they did. They have good players coming back and they can continue in the playoffs, if they want to."
Hayes led the Lady Dawgs to their first playoff appearance since 2008 with a fourth-place finish in District 8-5A at 8-6. Copperas Cove lost to Mansfield Timberview in the 5A bi-district round last weekend.
"I told the girls after the bi-district series. I couldn't lead them on," said Hayes, "but I didn't want to tell them until after the season."
"Shelly Hayes and the softball coaching staff did a great job in getting our softball team back to the playoffs," said CCISD girls athletic coordinator Tracy Ranes. "We understand her situation and her need to be close to her family."