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Philadelphia Soul Coach Resigns

(file photo from 2008) (credit: Doug Benc/Getty Images)

(file photo from 2008) (credit: Doug Benc/Getty Images)

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - The Philadelphia Soul’s head coach, Doug Plank, has resigned, citing a need for a break from a long, grueling season, the team announced Thursday.

“I would like to thank the entire organization and the city of Philadelphia for how they embraced me and this team. It was an incredible run,” said Plank.

The fifth-year AFL coach continued to say, “In the last few days, my job description has changed. Coach Plank has now become Doug, Dad and Grandpa.”

Under Plank, the Soul offense finished No. 1 in the AFL for scoring (68.2), rushing offense (44.2), turnover margin (+23). Philadelphia was the only team in 2012 to reach 15 regular-season wins, while locking up home field advantage for their Conference playoffs.

The team says it will look to fill the vacancy as soon as possible.