BREAKING NEWS: By Saturday morning, The Journal News confirmed that Suffern coach Bill Nolan and Clarkstown North coach Kerry Sullivan have resigned from their posts.
Nolan confirmed his resignation at approximately 9:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, but informed his team of the decision on Tuesday.
“I knew I was going to (resign),” Nolan said. “I want to be a big part of my son’s life.
“I want to see his first steps before he starts running to me, I want to hear him say, ‘Dad’ before he’s speaking fluently. I really just want to spend a lot of time with my family, that’s the honest reason.”
Nolan said that he plans on returning to the court in the future, hopefully to coach his now 10-month-old son one day, and that he is stepping down at a high point in the Suffern program.
“I’m leaving at a great time,” he said. “Our varsity team is young, and very talented, our JV won the league title … the program is in the best shape its ever been in.”
Nolan is currently in his 13th year as a physical education teacher at Suffern, and guided the Mounties to two league championships during his five-year tenure, including an undefeated league season in his first year.
Nolan is pictured above in the foreground during a February 2011 game against Clarkstown South. Photo credit: Sam Schaeffer/New City Patch
Sullivan confirmed her resignation at approximately 9:45 p.m. on Friday night after informed her team that afternoon.
“There was nothing definitive until the end of the season,” Sullivan said. “I’ve been playing (basketball) since I was eight, been coaching since I was 22 — I’m just burnt out.”
Sullivan helped organize the coin drop Clarkstown North sets up at each game in memory of former Rams coach John Sullivan, who is of no relation.
Sullivan, who also coaches the Clarkstown North boys volleyball team, says she still plans on returning to that court in the fall.
“(The program) is still my baby,” she said. “I can always come back for basketball.”
Sullivan is pictured with 1,000-point scorer Danielle DeStaso (25) in February 2011. Photo credit: Tess Brogran/New City Patch