MORAGA -- Jedd Soto, who took a medical leave of absence 12 games into the Saint Mary's College baseball season this spring, resigned his position after 10 seasons as head coach on Wednesday, the school announced.

"It is with a heavy heart that I am resigning due to unforeseen circumstances this spring," Soto, 39, said in a statement.

No reason was given for his departure and an athletic department spokesperson said Soto was declining interview requests.

Saint Mary's athletic director Mark Orr expressed appreciation for Soto's efforts.

"Jedd has been a respected member of the SMC community and embodies the values of the College and its LaSallian traditions. I wish him and his family nothing but the best," Orr said in a statement.

Orr said the search for a new coach will begin immediately. Interim coach Gabe Zappin, who guided the Gaels to an 11-13 record in West Coast Conference play, could choose to apply.

Soto said he enjoyed his time at Saint Mary's. "My family and I cherished our time spent in Moraga and will be Gael fans for life," he said.

Soto compiled a record of 209-275-3 in 12 seasons before taking his leave of absence after the Gaels' 10-1 loss at UC Santa Barbara on March 4. His victory total is the second-most in school history.

The Gaels were 73-137 in WCC games under Soto and have not had a winning league record since 1991.


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Soto had 21 players named to all-WCC teams and 18 on academic all-WCC honor teams. Over the past seven seasons, Saint Mary's has had 22 players selected in the Major League Baseball Draft, including four in 2013.