PARK CITY, Utah (AP) _ Gordon Lange, head coach for the U.S. cross-country ski team in the last two Winter Olympics, resigned Monday.

Lange, a native of Jackson, Wyo., who raced for and coached the University of Colorado, joined the national team staff during the 1992 season. He will run the team's next training camp, which starts May 26 at Mount Bachelor, Ore., but has no immediate plans.

``I guess it's time for me to leave, and I want to leave on a positive note,'' he said. ``I need to take a break, and then I'll get back into it.''

Lange and his wife, Lori, who live in Park City, are expecting their first child.

``Gordy was the guy who held things together over the last few years, but he was getting frustrated,'' said Alan Ashley, athletic director for the Park City-based U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association. ``He spent a lot of time on the road, more than he wanted to be away from home,''

Ashley said he did not plan to immediately name a head coach, but was close to finalizing terms with a former European head coach to oversee training for the American skiers He declined to identify the coach, but said the deal should be completed by the middle of this month.