Hilliard Bradley High School boys soccer coach Tony Earp and Hilliard Darby girls soccer coach Amy Martin have resigned.

Hilliard Bradley High School boys soccer coach Tony Earp and Hilliard Darby girls soccer coach Amy Martin have resigned.

Neither Earp nor Martin responded to phone calls seeking comment on why they stepped down.

Bradley athletics director Chip Ebert said Earp resigned so he could spend more time with his family. He had an 18-14-4 in two seasons.

During their inaugural season, the Jaguars went 5-9-3 and tied New Albany for sixth in the OCC-Capital Division with a 1-5 league mark. This fall, Bradley went 13-5-1 overall and finished third (5-2) in the OCC-Capital behind Olentangy Orange (7-0) and Watkins Memorial (5-1-1).

After beating Darby 2-0 and Davidson 2-1 during the regular season, the Jaguars were seeded first in the Division II district tournament.

Bradley opened tournament play at home with a 7-0 victory over Caledonia River Valley, before nipping eighth-seeded Bexley 1-0 in a semifinal at home and getting upset by Watterson 3-0 in the final at Grandview.

"Tony and his wife have a baby due in July and he's very excited to be a first-time daddy, and he wants to devote his time to his family," Ebert said. "He's a real good coach who did everything right, so we really hate to lose him. I tried to twist his arm in staying on because he did such a great job, but I completely understand his situation."

Ebert is accepting applications for the job.

"In early January, we're going to narrow it down so that we can do interviews in late January and early February," Ebert said. "Then, we'll try to get someone in place as soon as possible."

Martin had a 16-32-4 record in three seasons at Darby. Athletics director Chad Schulte declined to comment on why Martin stepped down.

"It was just a resignation and that's kind of where I'd like to keep it," he said.

During Martin's first season, the Panthers went 7-8-2 overall and finished fifth in the OCC-Central at 2-3-2. In 2009, Darby finished 4-14 overall and sixth in the OCC-Central at 0-5. In her third season, the Panthers went 5-10-2 and were sixth in the league at 2-5.

Darby never advanced past the second round of the Division I district tournament under Martin. In the fall, the Panthers opened district play with a 2-0 win over Centennial then lost to top-seeded Pickerington North 3-0.

Schulte has started accepting applications and plans to conduct interviews in January, with the goal of hiring a replacement by late January or early February.

"We want someone who knows the game very well, who has experience coaching, and someone who can connect with the kids and not only knows the game, but knows how to relay that information to the kids and make sure they understand as well," Schulte said. "We're looking for someone with high enthusiasm and high energy."