Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Northshore High head baseball coach Rick Mauldin watches the action against Archbishop Hannan during his 500th career victory Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 at Northshore's Ned Eades Field. Northshore beat Hannan 9-0.

After over 30-plus years on the prep baseball scene, legendary coach Rick Mauldin has called it quits.

Following his team’s first-round exit to Denham Springs in the bidistrict round of the Class 5A state playoffs on Monday, Mauldin resigned as the head coach at Northshore High on Thursday.

“There were a number of reasons for me to do what I did,” he said. “I just think it was time for a change at Northshore. I had been there for over a decade now, and I just feel that the time was right for new blood.”

Mauldin, who led both Northshore and St. Paul’s to state championships, had to sit out most of the 2014 season after back surgery.

“I felt better this year,” he said. “What I don’t want to happen is for my back to start hurting me again. It is just the best time to get out right now. For my health.

“I’m 62 years old, and that is not young. The season is just grueling. It will wear you down. You play over 30 games, and you go into the summer season and you pick up another 20 games there. I just think it may be time for some younger blood to come in there, be a little more energetic and get things going.”