Long-time high school basketball coach Mark Simon is saying goodbye to the sport.
On Tuesday, Simon announced his retirement as head coach of the St. Joe's boys Varsity basketball team after spending nearly two decades on the Marauders bench.
"After 18 years as the head coach of the Marauders and 44 straight years being involved in high school basketball as a player, official and coach, it is time for me to slow down and focus on some other things in my life," Coach Simon said. "I am forever grateful to everyone associated with St. Joe's."
Simon began coaching the Marauders in 2001 and led the team to four Manhattan Cup Championships and two New York State Catholic State Championships. He also grabbed his 300th win this season.
In a statement, St. Joe's Athletic Director Brian Anken said, "In addition to elevating his players' success on the court, he demanded positive attitudes and respect for others both inside and outside of the gym."
Following the news, coaches from around the Monsignor Martin league took to Twitter to express their congratulations to Coach Simon and thanked him for his dedication to the game.