Daniel Selvey, who led the Lely High School volleyball team within a win of the state semifinals, will not be returning next season.
Athletic director Matt Kuk said the position has been posted on the Collier County Schools District website.
In response to an email, Selvey said Kuk asked Selvey to resign from his head coaching position on Dec. 16.
"I refused to resign without a proper reason as to why I should no longer be coaching," said Selvey, who declined a phone interview. "What little information I was given was very vague."
Selvey said that Kuk and Ricciardelli met with him, telling him that players and parents were not content with the way he did things and demanded a change. Kuk referred all comments to Ricciardelli, who could not be reached for comment.
"I received very little specifics as to who was unhappy with what, but was assured it was a significant number of players," he said. "I could speculate as to what the complaints were and who said what, but that would not do any good at this point. Mr. Kuk and Dr. Ricciardelli have made their decision and that is not going to change."
Selvey took over the volleyball team in 2008, going 6-16 on the season. His second year it was 9-14, with his third year seeing the program have a winning record at 16-8.
At the time he felt that the players were beginning to buy into his style of play.
In 2011, Selvey's team set a school record in wins with 19, against eight losses.
The Trojans beat Naples for the first time in 16 years. The team was district champions and regional semifinalists. Selvey was named Naples Daily News Volleyball Coach of the Year, and Mary Gibler was named Volleyball Player of the Year.
Last season, his team was 16-13, district champs and regional finalists. Selvey said that injuries played a part in the record, but saw the team come together at the end of the year.
Selvey was again named the Naples Daily News Volleyball Coach of the Year, and Florida Athletic Coaches Association District Coach of the Year.
Gibler and Samantha Howard were named to the Naples Daily News All-Area First Team in volleyball. Howard was named FACA District Volleyball Player of the Year in Lely's class.
Selvey said that over his time, Lely had seven players make Naples Daily News all-area teams, and eight Collier County Athletic Conference all-conference selections.
Academically, his teams improved. In 2010, his team was fifth in the Florida High School Athletic Association's Class 4A Academic Team standings. In 2011, the team was fourth in Class 5A. In 2012, the Trojans were second in 5A.
Selvey said, "It is disappointing to be forced out of a program that I have put my heart and soul into for five years, but it only provides incentive for me to move on to something bigger and better in my coaching career."
Selvey said he is thankful for the opportunity and was particularly grateful for the support of former players and parents.
"It has been a rewarding journey and I have had the privilege of seeing so many girls develop into young women as a result of the lessons and values learned by being part of Lely volleyball," he said.
Selvey said he was humbled by the many awards he and his players received, yet his coaching time is over at Lely. He will continue to work as an algebra teacher.
"As I tell my girls, life is about the journey, not the destination, or final result," he said. 'If you value the journey above all else, the result has a way of working out."