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Shelly Dearden steps down after record-breaking three decade coaching career (USA)

After a record-breaking three decade coaching career which saw her win state titles with three different teams at?Ewing, Shelly Dearden has decided to step down as the head coach of the school’s boys basketball team.

Dearden, who was honored by?Sports Illustrated?after her boys basketball team won the NJSIAA Group 2 title in 2011-12, also won the 1998-99 Group 3 girls basketball state title, and the 1991 Group 3 girls soccer state championship.

She is the only coach in state history, and believed to be the only one in the country, to have accomplished that feat.

Dearden is not only leaving coaching, but is retiring from the school after 32 years of service.

“I am retiring from teaching as well,” Dearden said. “It is just time for me to go. I have been around long enough. It is time for the young kids to take over.

“I always had it stuck in my mind that I was going to leave teaching at a certain time. I have been coaching and teaching now for 34 years, 32 of them at Ewing. So it has been a long time, and I just feel that it is time for me to go.”



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