Central High School baseball coach Chris Mire turned in his resignation Monday, announcing his plans to return to Destrehan.

Destrehan High School is Mire’s alma mater and the place where he spent his first three years in coaching.

Mire will serve as assistant baseball coach at Destrehan, with some possible added coaching duties thrown in.

Despite the fact that he will be relinquishing the title of head coach, Mire said the move made sense for him for several reasons.

“I wouldn’t necessarily say it was a great time,” he said, “but an opportunity presented itself to me finan-cially and it was a move I thought I needed to make for my family and myself.”

Central Athletic Director Sid Edwards said he knew Destrehan had been trying to lure Mire home, so his resignation wasn’t a surprise.

“We hate that he’s leaving,” Edwards said. “He’s done a tremendous job for us. He’s a heck of a baseball guy.”

Edwards said a search for Mire’s successor will begin immediately.

Mire led Central to a pair of appearances in the Class 5A state playoffs.

His 2010 team reached the state quarterfinals before losing to Barbe of Lake Charles. This year’s team was the No. 17 seed in the state tournament and was eliminated 10-0 in the first round by No. 16 Captain Shreve in Shreveport.

Mire said he has one more summer league baseball game to coach before his duties at Central officially end.

“It’s not going to be easy to leave Central behind, that’s for sure,” he said.