Mead resigning as Catholic head coach

Mead resigning as Catholic head coach

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Mead resigning as Catholic head coach

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Catholic High’s Quan Moorer, right, poses with his coach, Nick Mead. Bruce Graner/bgraner@pnj.com Catholic High basketball standout Quan Moorer and his coach, Nick Mead.

Catholic High’s Quan Moorer, right, poses with his coach, Nick Mead. Bruce Graner/bgraner@pnj.com Catholic High basketball standout Quan Moorer and his coach, Nick Mead.

Catholic coach Nick Mead tries to map out a strategy for his team in the closing minutes of their game in 2014 against Lakeshore High.

Catholic coach Nick Mead tries to map out a strategy for his team in the closing minutes of their game in 2014 against Lakeshore High.

As a 20 year-old, Nick Mead walked into Catholic High ready to start his coaching career as head coach of the freshman basketball team.

For 14 years at Catholic — eight years as varsity head basketball coach — Mead devoted his full effort, capturing five district championships and locking up the team’s first trip to a regional final since 1971.

Tuesday, Mead carried a difficult conversation with his current players, as he announced that he would be stepping down from all of his duties at Catholic High.

“I’ve been given a phenomenal opportunity — outside of coaching and education — that will allow for me to provide better for my family, as well as spend more time with my family,” Mead said.

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In addition to head basketball coach, Mead was involved as dean of students, the international program coordinator and the textbook coordinator at Catholic.

Effective July 17, Mead will have resigned from each duty.

“I’ve been overwhelmed by the love and support that I’ve felt in the past 48 hours,” Mead said. “It has been touching. It speaks to what Catholic High is. Catholic is always going to be home. I’ve been very blessed, lucky and honestly spoiled for the last 14 years. It makes this decision tough, but it is the right one for my family.”

Catholic coach Nick Mead yells from the sidelines on Feb. 19, 2008, at Catholic High School.

Catholic coach Nick Mead yells from the sidelines on Feb. 19, 2008, at Catholic High School.

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