Citing travel issues and a desire to advance his career in education, Mark Maccarone has stepped down as the Glassboro football coach.
Maccarone, who has been Glassboro's coach for the last seven seasons, planned to work the sidelines for the final time in Wednesday night's Thanksgiving Eve game at Deptford.
Maccarone's team won two South Jersey Group 1 titles and three West Jersey Football League Diamond Division titles. His record was 42-33 entering Wednesday night's game.
Beset by injuries, Glassboro is 1-8 this season, and the Bulldogs were 2-8 in 2016.
"It's time," Maccarone said. "I teach in Bridgeton, and it's a 25-mile ride every day, and it's become a strain on me."
Maccarone said he planned to pursue his master's degree to move into educational administration.
Maccarone's first team in 2011 went 10-2 and won the sectional title behind junior Corey Clement, now a running back for the Eagles.
Clement set South Jersey records of 478 rushing yards in a game and 6,245 in a career in his final season in 2012.
Clement played at the University of Wisconsin and made the Eagles' roster as an undrafted free agent this summer. He has scored seven touchdowns as a rookie.
"To turn on the TV on a Sunday and see a player you coached, it's something special," Maccarone said of Clement.
In 2013, Glassboro entered the playoffs with a 3-5 record. The Bulldogs won three tournament games in a row as well as the annual Thanksgiving game, finishing 7-5 and capturing the sectional title with a 44-0 victory over Penns Grove in the final.
Maccarone expressed thanks to all his assistants as well as the Glassboro adminstration and parents. He singled out assistant coach Abdul Payne as well as his brother, Greg Maccarone, for their support.