North Hunterdon High School football coach coach John Mattes, who led the Lions to their first winning season since 2002 this year, has resigned.
Mattes told the team at an end-of-season assembly on Monday afternoon.
The Lions went 6-4 this season, winning their final two games against Voorhees and J.P. Stevens. North Hunterdon just missed making the NJSIAA North 2 Group V playoffs.
Mattes, a Bethlehem Catholic (Pa.) graduate and former standout quarterback, went on to play at his hometown Moravian College.
North Hunterdon went 28-32 during Mattes’ tenure, which began in 2008 after taking over for longtime coach Dennis Haughey. Mattes is the third local football coach to leave the post in a week.
“The hardest part will be not being around the players every day,” said Mattes, who will remain as a teacher at the school. “I had the opportunity to coach some really good student-athletes at North over the last 10 years. I think my staff and I have built a great foundation for the football program to build off of in the future. The younger members of the staff will help the program take the next step. I look forward to following the football program as it moves forward in the future.”
North Hunterdon Athletic Director John Deutsch said he hopes to have a new head coach in place in about a month.
Somerville’s Skip Fuller resigned a week ago Monday, and Middlesex’ Brett Stibitz was told by athletic director Rich Gianchiglia that he wouldn’t be rehired late last week.