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By LARRY GOFFINET
TELL CITY—John Hayes decided being head coach of teams in two consecutive seasons would be too much, so he has resigned as Tell City’s girls softball coach.
Hayes was named Tell City’s girls basketball coach this summer after two years as John Lyons’ assistant.
He recently turned in his resignation as girls softball coach because “I’d rather put my time and effort into the basketball thing,” he said. “It was tough enough last year being an assistant to John (in basketball) and still being able to do the things needed to do for the softball program.
“With Dalonda (Hayes’ wife) coaching the volleyball team, I also told (the Tell City administration) I didn’t want it to look like Dalonda and I were trying to monopolize all the girls athletics coaching positions.”
John Hayes also said he “definitely enjoyed” working with the softball team but “it was never my intention to become the head softball coach.”
He became a softball assistant in 2010 and took over as head coach in the middle of that season when Coach Dusty Beard resigned because of scheduling conflicts with his full-time job.
When Hayes took over, the Marksmen were getting ready to play Tecumseh, Forest Park and Corydon on back-to-back days. “All three were ranked in their class in the state then, but we beat Corydon and played Forest Park and Tecumseh well,” noted Hayes.
Hayes compiled a 14-58 record in his 31⁄2 seasons, including 2-19 this year.
He said the highlight of his softball coaching career was reaching the sectional championship game in 2011.
“We kind of struggled during the regular season (going 5-12) because we had a lot of rainouts.
“But in the sectional we beat North Posey after they had beaten us badly in the regular season.
“Then in the championship game we took the lead on Forest Park in the fifth inning (before losing 4-3).”
Hayes said Ed Ress, who was one of his assistants all four years, has also resigned.