Joey Worley resigned as the head baseball coach at Carolina Forest effective immediately, the now-former Panthers coach said late Friday night.
Carolina Forest, which is in the midst of a season that could result in a Class 5A playoff berth, will operate under assistant Tom Pasco for the coming weeks. What happens after that is still unclear.
Either way, the future of Carolina Forest baseball will not include Worley.
“It’s personal reasons, plain and simple,” Worley said Saturday morning. “I’m doing fine. My family’s doing fine. I’m in a good place. I’m pulling for the kids. I'm pulling for the coaching staff. I’m behind them 100 percent.”
Worley said little else, other than he has not resigned his teaching position nor has he accepted another job elsewhere.
He did not make the trip to Socastee on Friday night - a game the Panthers won 11-3 to remain in second place in Region VI-5A.
Socastee previously wrapped up the region championship with Monday’s victory in the series. This coming week’s three-game series between Carolina Forest and St. James will likely determine which of those two teams earns the region’s second playoff bid.
Worley has been the head coach at Carolina Forest since he was hired to replace Jack Jolly, the first and long-time coach there. Jolly departed for Dorman in the summer of 2016. Worley had spent the previous three seasons at West Johnston (N.C.), as well as serving as a coach with the EvoShield Canes travel program.
Carolina Forest Athletics Director Tripp Satterwhite confirmed Saturday morning that Pasco will be the acting head coach for the rest of the season, junior varsity coach Matt Harder will take on a bigger role with the varsity program and that the school will evaluate its next step at the conclusion of the season.