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Cayla Petree resigns Gulf Coast job, is headed to D1 program

Cayla Petree was victorious in her debut as head coach for the Lady Dores.
Cayla Petree was victorious in her debut as head coach for the Lady Dores.(WJHG)
Updated: Jun. 3, 2021 at 3:31 PM CDT
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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) -Cayla Petree is resigning as the head coach of the Gulf Coast women’s basketball program, and taking the head coaching gig at Morehead State University. Gulf Coast A.D. Mike Kandler confirming the coach has handed in her resignation., The Sports Information Department at Morehead confirming that as Petree’s next destination.

It is somewhat unusual for a Division One program to hire a head coach directly from the Juco ranks, usually they want coaches to have spent some time as a D-1 assistant. Coach Petree does have a year of that on her resume, but most of her coaching time has been as a Juco head coach. Her resignation ends a one year stint with the Commodores, her team this past season 12-10 overall, 8-8 in Panhandle play. Her team unable to beat Northwest Florida and Chipola, two of the best teams in the nation this year. In the release from Morehead coach Petree is quoted as saying “I am extremely excited to lead this Division I program. It’s been a goal of mine for probably the last 25 years, and Morehead State is the perfect opportunity. I am so grateful,” said Petree. “I feel like (A.D.) Jaime (Gordon) and I have similar visions for what MSU can be. He is very culture-oriented and student-athlete experience driven, and so am I.”

So now the search is back on, Gulf Coast A.D. Mike Kandler telling me they will advertise the opening, form a committee, and likely begin talking to candidates in a couple of weeks. He says they’ll look for a well-rounded coach with great energy and enthusiasm, who will put the student-athletes first. And also be able to win games in a hyper-competitive league! Kandler saying the process will probably take a month or so.

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