RAYMOND — After seven years at the helm, including two Pacific League championships and three consecutive district tournament berths, Mike Tully stepped down as head coach of the Raymond High School boys basketball program on Wednesday.
Tully, a science and math teacher at Raymond Junior High, will continue as the schools’ track & field coach and junior high football coach. The veteran coach finished with a 63-85 record overall, including two 11-1 Pacific League campaigns over the final two seasons.
Last Friday, Tully met with school officials and was given the option to step down. On Wednesday, he officially turned in his resignation.
“I chose to resign,” Tully said. “It was time to step away and relax a bit, spend more time with my family and the little one. I’m looking forward to the break.”
When asked if he was pushed out, Tully didn’t hesitate.
“Yeah, that would be a fair assessment,” he said. “They wanted to go into a different direction than where I thought we should be going, a difference of opinion, I guess.
“When they first talked to me, I was upset about it,” Tully added. “The more I stepped back and looked at it, now I can have more time in the summer, Christmas, the holidays. It’ll be good for me. I see the positives of not doing it, so that makes it easier to take.”
Tully noted that he talked to the team before he resigned and he thanked the coaches in the entire program — the varsity assistants, the junior high and youth coaches — for their time, effort and support.
“I’m really proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish with the program,” he said. “There has been a lot of growth in the program. I’ve left the program in a better place — Pee Wees on up — than when I got there. It is in a good place.”