Coaching girls' basketball at Haddonfield High, working as a salesman, and juggling the responsibilities of raising six children became a hectic regimen for Terry Mancini.
Something had to go.
Which is why he confirmed yesterday that he was stepping down after a highly successful six-year career at Haddonfield, where he led the Bulldogs to three Colonial titles, two sectional crowns, and a state championship.
"I have a lot of great memories. It was a great experience and a great place to coach, but I wanted to leave on my terms," Mancini said. "I want to be able to watch my kids play sports, and it got rough with all the time [commitments]."
Last season, Haddonfield went 23-4 and shared the Colonial title with Collingswood. The Bulldogs lost to Glassboro in the South Jersey Group 2 semifinals - the game after senior Fran Nicoletti suffered a season-ending broken collarbone.
"She was the glue of our team," said Mancini, owner of a 151-36 career record.
Haddonfield had three sophomores among its top six players - Emily Grabiak, Tina Davis and Brianna Mulava.
"A lot of coaches leave the cupboard bare when they leave," said Mancini, who said Grabiak should be one of South Jersey's top five point guards this season. "That's not the case here."