Amy Temples, whose Truman High School softball team went 81-15 over the past three years and won the Class 4 state championship in 2012, announced her resignation as a coach. She will remain at Truman as a physical education and health teacher.

“Amy has decided to go in another direction and we wish her the best,” Truman activities director Eric Holm said Wednesday afternoon, after making the announcement at the spring signing session in the school’s Performing Arts Center.

Temples was in attendance as catcher Maya Coen and third baseman Tori Zorich signed letters to play college softball (please see related story).

Temples, a 1993 graduate of Truman, was an assistant to former head coach Steve Broughton for 14 years before taking over the head coaching position three years ago. Broughton stayed on as her assistant the past three years.

The Patriots were 22-8 her first year, 31-3 during the championship season and 28-4 last year. The Patriots won three conference and three district titles over that span.

“Seventeen years is a long time to be a part of a program, and the timing was right for me to step away,” Temples said. “I have two kids – 10-year-old Jackson and 7-year-old Alison – and I want to spend more time with them.

“There have been some changes in the Independence School District and there are more time commitments expected from coaches, and I need to spend more time with my family. I don’t want anyone to think that someone suggested I leave as a coach at Truman. This was my decision, and I am happy with it.”

The news came as no surprise to Zorich and Coen, but their emotions were apparent as they talked about their former coach.

“I don’t want to cry,” Coen said. “This is so bittersweet that we would graduate and Coach Temples would announce her resignation. I feel so sorry for the girls who are coming back, because they won’t have Coach Temples.

“She was a great coach and a great friend. I’m happy she is going to get to spend more time with her family, but I am sad for the girls in the program.”

Added Zorich: “It’s just sad. I feel bad for the girls who played last year and are coming back and thought they were going to have Coach Temples. It’s just upsetting, but I know things like that happen. I am just so happy she was there all four years I played.”

Holm said the job has been posted and he’s expecting some quality applicants.

“We have some great kids coming back,” Holm said. “We’re going to go out and find the best coach we can.”