MANATEE -- Brock Erickson's first season as State College of Florida men's basketball coach was a memorable one.
His team secured the Suncoast Conference tournament championship and qualified for the state tournament for just the third time in 15 years.
It was also Erickson's last season in charge of the Manatees.
Erickson resigned earlier this week and is leaving to take an assistant coaching position at a Division I program, according to what Erickson said on a local sports talk radio show.
Erickson would not comment on where that would be, but said it's in the tri-state area (New York, New Jersey and Connecticut).
"I got a job offer that I couldn't turn down," he said Friday. "It's going to be for my career; it's going to be a really good step."
The move also will benefit Erickson financially. The head coach position at SCF is a part-time position.
"The financial part of whatever job you have is always going to be a part of it," he said.
Erickson's up-tempo system brought excitement to a program that hadn't achieved much success in recent history. Officially, the Manatees finished the season 7-26, but they would have been 25-8 if not for forfeits caused by an eligibility issue with one of their players.
The team produced six All-Suncoast Conference players. Iona-bound Isaiah Williams was the conference's player of the year, and the postseason run sparked a thrilling home atmosphere.
"The last few home games were some of the closest in excitement and fans in the stands since the time of Coach (Chip) Sines and Coach (Harry) Kinnan," SCF athletic director Matt Ennis said. "I think the style of play we had and the quality of young men that Coach Erickson brought in was just electric, and I think the fans enjoyed him, the student-athletes enjoyed him."
But now the attention shifts to finding a replacement for Erickson, who took over a program that was 129-211 since 2000 and 7-19 the year prior to his arrival, and the Manatees will look for their third head coach since 2011.
"It's hard to fault a coach that is bettering his career for him moving on," Ennis said. "I think that's part of what you see in junior college basketball."
Ennis said the job was posted this past Tuesday and will close June 11 before a thorough search is conducted to find the next men's basketball head coach.