Saying it was "in everyone's best interest," Carol Taylor resigned yesterday as volleyball coach at Anne Arundel Community College.

"It's with mixed emotions that I do what I'm doing," said Taylor, 46. "It's not an easy decision to make. A lot of thought was put into it. But I feel this is best for me, personally and professionally."

Taylor would not elaborate on her reasons for quitting.

In her13 years as head coach, she compiled a 266-173 record. The Eastern Shore resident ranked 23rd in the nation in victories among active junior college volleyball coaches, and her teams finished in the top four in Region XX from 1978-1987.

Taylor, the assistant athletic director from 1986-1989, will remain at the college as an associate professor in the physical education and health departments. "And I'll probably teach some computer-literacy courses," she said.

In past years, she has filled coaching vacancies in the women's basketball, women's tennis, men's golf and softball programs.

In 1989, Taylor led the golf team to a second-place finish in Region XX.

"I've thoroughly enjoyed coaching all these different sports. It kept me jumping and kept me from getting burned out," she said.

"I've enjoyed the kids I coached, and I hope I was able to make some valuable contributions to their lives."

Athletic Director C.A. "Buddy" Beardmore said he received Taylor's letter of resignation Friday but waited until the two met yesterday before officially accepting it.

"She informed me that she wanted to concentrate more time to her full-time teachingjob, which is fine with me," he said.

"I was not totally surprised by the resignation. It wasn't too long ago that she said she'd probably leave at the end of the 1991 season, so we've been preparing forthat possibility. This just moves up our search a few months."

Beardmore, who became athletic director three years ago, said he expects to name a replacement "within the next five to seven days." Volleyball practice begins Aug. 21, and the season-opener is Sept. 11.

"Iregret the late timing," Taylor said. "I feel this is the right thing to do, but unfortunately, it's late."

Assistant coach Betty Hession said she is not interested in the head coaching position but would like to keep her present job.

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