The head coach was a nice man and had spent many hours with the girls, but it was obvious all along he was looking out for his daughter first. Last season she told her teammates she did not wish to play any longer. He had been notified by some parents of her comments and any coach, especially her father, couldn't help but notice the change in her attitude, so her desire not to play did not come as a surprise.
As a coach who has coached his own children, it's almost impossible to push other players on your team if your child does not want to be there and lets it be known. There is no problem with him stepping down. He needed to leave for the sake of his daughter and to have time to spend with his family.
The issue is how he handled it and his timing. As the only coach some of the girls have ever had, sending out an email saying he quit a week after telling his team he would be coaching them going into NPL is insulting. The 11 and 12 year old girls who he coached for 6 years obviously meant very little to him or he would have made this decision earlier, let his team know of his decision, finish out the season and assist in an orderly transition. Sending out an email using a child to defend your actions is disgraceful. Forget being a coach, a parent should be shielding their children from this sort of behavior not be used as the justification.
There is no possibilty that a mature man could conclude he had to abandon girls he had coached since they were 5, in two days, because his 12 year old daughter, after a loss, said she didn't want him coaching her any more. If every parent/coach quit immediately after being told by there child they didn't want to play for them, coaching your own child would become a criminal offense.
The way he handled himself and the situation could not have been done any worse and as a parent of one of the children he hurt it is unforgivable.
Name please, don't try to play this like it's CSL and Mike Riccadelli is stepping down.