Ron Palmer, saying that he was tired of the pressure, resigned Monday as men's basketball coach at Cal State Long Beach.
Palmer, who is 23-63 at Long Beach since making the rare jump from high school to Division I three seasons ago, will coach the 49ers Thursday night against top-ranked Nevada Las Vegas in the Pacific Coast Athletic Assn. tournament at the Forum. That is expected to be the team's last game of the season.
Athletic Director John Kasser said there will be a national search for a new coach. One of the more popular candidates is expected to be Ed Ratleff, a 49er assistant and a star player for the team in the early 1970s.
"I'm just tired--and a little bit frustrated," Palmer said. "If we'd have won 17, 18 or 19 games, I wouldn't be making this decision."