After 11 years at the helm of Brookline High basketball, Mark Fiedor has resigned, he confirmed this morning to ESPNBoston.com.
A former center for Boston University under Rick Pitino, Fiedor will likely be most remembered for his first three seasons as head coach of the Warriors. He took over for Lance Tucker in 2001, and over the next three seasons the Warriors endured one of their most successful stretches in program history, going 64-9 and making two Division 1 state final appearances, losing in 2002 to Springfield Cathedral and in 2004 to Springfield Commerce. Those squads were led by Jeff Adrien, who led UConn to a Final Four appearance in 2009 and has since seen minutes with the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets.
Brookline went 148-95 in Fiedor's 11 years. The Warriors finished 10-12 this season, failing to qualify for the Division 1 South tournament for the second straight year.
Fiedor confirmed the news, and explained his rationale, in an email this morning:
"Yes, the rumor is reality. I took a couple days off work and went away with Val (wife). It was obvious to me that it was time for me to change my focus and step out. I went in the next work day and resigned (March 19th). I asked Pete [Rittenburg, Athletic Director] to keep it under wraps until I had met with people, players, my kids, etc. It's been an incredible job and I will continue to teach at the high school and run my camp at Thayer [Academy] during the summers.
"When I got into this back in '91 it wasn't really for basketball, it was more for the opportunity to have an impact on kids' lives. I had a clear set of priorities: God, Wife/Family, Friends, Career, Basketball. Having those things in the right order is what allowed me to invest my passion into basketball and trying to help others start the process of developing their vision and building a life for themselves. I realized that my life had become flipped and that God, Wife, Kids, and even friends where getting the leftovers and that the very things needed in order make the basketball meaningful were being neglected. My life has changed quite a bit in the past few years. I have two teen girls now and a nine year old son who wants me to coach him, as well as a wife that has been full blast working weekends for the past 7 years. It's been difficult and I've done some damage to these relationships with neglect. I don't think this move was the right decision, I know it's the right decision, and I am at peace with it.
"I guess the two things I'm very proud of is that we've sent 19 young men to play in college over the 11 seasons I've been head coach, and I've never had a player go academically ineligible in the 18 seasons as a head coach at BHS (frosh, JV, varsity). It's funny but I've spent the last week talking with about 50 different people involved in the program and about two seconds has been about basketball strategy and previous games. It's all been about relationships and thank yous and the impact we've all had on the direction of each others lives. One of those people was Lance Tucker, who literally opened his arms to me the first day I randomly walked into his gym back in 91. He didn't know who I was and the next thing you know, I'm helping him coach the team."