THOMASVILLE -- Off the court, Margie York used the greet-them-with-a-smile approach.

On the court, she had the fiery attitude that helped motivate her team to a pair of state AA championships.

It was that intensity, however, that York knew she couldn't continue with that has brought her away from the game.

On Monday, the Thomasville girls basketball coach resigned from her position.

"She has chosen not to continue due to personal reasons," said Thomasville city school superintendent Sabrina Boykins-Everett.

York will still serve with the school system as a P.E. teacher and as Thomasville's athletic director.

York leaves behind 21 years of coaching experience, 13 at Thomasville, that helped win two state titles with the Lady Bulldogs in 1997 and '98 as well as a runner-up finish in '94. York's Lady Bulldogs went to the state playoffs on 11 occasions, including last year, when they made it to the Class AA Final Four.

Those who worked with York will always remember her love she showed to her kids and the school.

"She's just an outstanding individual who was just devoted to the basketball program," said Thomasville principal Tom McCall.

"She just knows that she can't put into it what she needs to put it into it. She teaches discipline without being heavy handed. She's just really a class act.

"Individually, she's just a nice person. The kids love her. The students love her."

Everett said a decision on an interim or permanent head coach has not been made yet. She said her and the athletic committee are scheduled to meet today to discuss the head-coaching vacancy.

York's assistant coach, Walter Strickland, has been coordinating practices all week. Everett is confident whoever fills the position, will be the right person for the job.

"We look forward to a successful team," Everett added.

York refused to comment on her resignation.

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