Saying he no longer could devote enough time to the program he helped create seven years ago, Mike Miles resigned yesterday as Anne Arundel Community College's women's soccer coach.
Miles cited his job as the college's acting chief of security, his pursuit of a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice at Bowie State, and the buildingof his new house on the Eastern Shore as reasons for stepping down.
"It was a very difficult decision," said Miles, the Region XX Coach of the Year the past three seasons. "I started this program in 1984. It was a challenge then and it's a challenge now. I accomplished alot and put a lot of time and energy into it, but it just requires too much of my time now.
"I couldn't have asked to be treated any better. I just feel too many other things are going on in my life now."
Under Miles, the Pioneers compiled an 86-30-12 record and outscored their opponents, 347-130. They qualified for the national tournament the past three years and in 1988 achieved a No. 1 ranking among junior colleges in the nation.
The Pioneers especially were dominant in the region, going 47-10-3 -- including 27 straight victories -- and outscoring the opposition, 178-51.
In addition, Anne Arundel has boasted 12 All-American and 34 All-Region selections.
"It's a good job and a good program," Miles said. "People here may be surprised by some of the candidates that apply for the job."
While Miles expressed his hope that Pioneers assistant Hillory Dean would be namedhead coach, Athletic Director C.A. "Buddy" Beardmore said the college would advertise the opening and a search committee would be formed "within the next 48 hours."
"We want to do this as swiftly as we can, so as not to hurt the continuity of the program," Beardmore said."Mike has done an excellent job and we hate to lose him, but he has too many other responsibilities now. He's been a great asset to the program and we're going to miss him."
Miles said his "retirement" from coaching may not be permanent.
"You may see me reappear in a couple years," he said. "Right now, I just need some time to recuperate."