Connolly steps down from SJ Prep hoops

St. John's Prep announced this afternoon that Sean Connolly has stepped down as head boys' basketball coach after five seasons at the helm, citing "personal and professional responsibilities outside of coaching".

Connolly took the Prep job in October 2008 after four seasons at his alma mater Bishop Fenwick. In five seasons at Prep, Connolly had a 89-25 record, including 10-4 in the playoffs, and the school's first MIAA Division 1 state championship in 2011.

As a player, Connolly is the North Shore's all-time leading scorer, graduating from Bishop Fenwick in 1998 with 2,478 points and school single-game records for three-pointers made (13) and points (56). He went on to play at Providence College, where he was a Big East All-Rookie Team selection, before finishing at Ohio State, where he graduated in 2004.

St. John's Prep released an official statement on Connolly's decision to step down:

DANVERS, MA -- Sean Connolly will step down from his position as head basketball coach at St. John's Prep, according to St. John's Principal Keith Crowley, Ph.D. Connolly announced his decision to players during a regularly scheduled year-end meeting this afternoon, citing personal and professional responsibilities outside of coaching. Connolly was named head coach for the Eagles in October 2008.

"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 Dr. Crowley. "Sean was highly successful in bringing out the best in his student-athletes. He expected them to work hard, put the interests of the team first, and respect their opponents, on and off the court. We are grateful for his commitment to the Prep, and we wish him well in his future endeavors."