Joe Roman, who guided St. Rose to a 29-2 mark, the Shore Conference Tournament title and the NJSIAA Non-Public A state championship, told MSG Varsity on Thursday he will announce his resignation.
Roman, 39, has two young children – Michele, 7, and Luke, 5, - and emphasized the importance of spending more time with his family.
“They are only going to be 7 and 5 once,” said Roman, who owned a 194-46 career mark over nine seasons and started at St. Rose 17 years ago as an assistant under Dick McCallum. “I can come back later in life and coach. I don’t want to keep missing what I have been missing.”
Roman, who steered St. Rose to nine unbeaten seasons while dominating the Shore Conference, B Central Divison, contemplating stepping down a year ago but, thanks to the blessing of his wife Lauren, returned to pilot the Purple Roses on the memorable run, which ended with a loss to Manasquan in the semifinals of the Tournament of Champions.
“I was on the fence last year,” he admitted “My wife told me not to worry about them and I applaud her for that. But, my kids are doing so many more things now. It hurts when your kids are upset because you miss one of their games or a practice.”
Roman added, “I can’t say enough about St. Rose. The administration and all the people and players there have been awesome. I’ve been fortunate to coach some wonderful kids and come across so many great people. But, it’s time.”
Gregg Lerner covers girls basketball for MSG Varsity. Follow him on Twitter: @gregglerner