Hawks' Murdock steps down as coach

After building Mill Creek's fastpitch softball program into a state powerhouse, Kelly Murdock has moved on to a more important mission.

Murdock resigned Wednesday morning as the Hawks' softball coach, deciding to change her career path to spend more time with her 7-month-old daughter. She also is stepping down from her full-time job as a Mill Creek teacher, switching to a part-time job at an elementary school instead.

She will be replaced by an experienced baseball and softball coach already on the Mill Creek staff, Roger Parham.

"I have decided to step away from the coaching world for the time being to spend time with my family," Murdock said. "My heart strings are tugged every single morning as I strap her in her carseat at

5:30 a.m. Because of my strong desire to be a mommy, I am accepting a part-time elementary PE position in the county and walking away from my passion of coaching."

Murdock, who expects a return to coaching in the future, built the Hawks into one of the state's top programs.

Her tenure was highlighted with a 2008 Class AAAAA state championship that earned her Gwinnett County and Georgia Dugout Club coach of the year honors.

Parham has been at Mill Creek since 2006, when he stepped down as South Gwinnett's baseball coach. He was the Comets' head baseball coach from 1999 to 2006.

While at South, Parham also coached the fastpitch softball team from 1996 to 1999, winning the AAAA state championship in 1997.