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March 26, 2013

Successful reign ends for Connolly at St. John's Prep

Sean Connolly’s extremely successful five-year run at the helm of the St. John’s Prep basketball program has come to an end.

Connolly, citing time constraints, announced his resignation yesterday after meeting with his players.

A 2,000-point scorer during his high school days at Bishop Fenwick and a standout at Division 1 Providence College and Ohio State, Connolly took over the Prep team for the 2008-09 season and led the Eagles to the tournament each year.

St. John’s won its first basketball state title under Connolly when the Eagles went 25-1 and captured the Division 1 championship with a 72-57 win over St. John’s of Shrewsbury in 2011.

“It’s just a lot of time and I have to finish grad school for my teaching certificate. Since I started coaching at the Prep I’ve been putting it off,” Connolly said. “I’m not closing the door (on coaching) but for right now I don’t have the time to commit to where I want to run a good program.”

Connolly’s commitment to the job the last five years has pushed St. John’s to the position where it is now as a contender for the North title every winter.

“I’m definitely proud of the job the coaches have done. I think we made the program one of the top in the state the last four or five years and I’m definitely excited about that. Hopefully they can keep that tradition, whoever gets hired next,” Connolly said.

Connolly and assistant coaches John Dullea, Joe Lovett and Luke Richards compiled an 89-25 record at St. John’s, including a 10-4 mark in the postseason.

Overall, Connolly’s career record, including four years at Bishop Fenwick, is 136-65.

“Sean has been a real asset to the basketball program at St. John’s. His background as a Division 1 college player, and his years of experience as a high school coach prior to St. John’s, helped bring basketball at the Prep to a new level,” said St. John’s Principal Keith Crowley, Ph.D., in a statement released by the school.

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