After five seasons patrolling the sidelines for the Ansonia girls basketball team, coach Patrick Lynch has decided to move on.
The coach told his team Friday that he will be stepping down. Lynch said he was recently hired at Cintas in Branford as a service sales representative and he will not have enough time to coach the team.
He said the decision was not an easy one.
“It kind of stunk to do that,” he said. “But, it was the move I had to make.”
The coach went 57-59 for the Chargers, taking them to the Class M tournament four out of the five years he was head coach. The farthest he took the team was the quarterfinals in his fourth season. He said he will help out in the search for a new coach and the job should be posted Monday.
Lynch said coaching in Ansonia isn’t easy, as the turnout for girls sports tends to be low. So he and Derby coach Dave Chevarella started an Ansonia/Derby summer basketball program three years ago. Lynch has high hopes for it this upcoming season.
“It will start showing its roots into the high school program,” he said.
Lynch said he’ll continue to help out with the summer basketball program and as an assistant coach of the baseball team. However, it will be hard to replace coaching basketball in the winter.
“It’s going to be an empty feeling,” he said.
Although the coach said the feeling not coaching brings pales in comparison to missing out on time with his family. He said he is looking forward to having more time to spend with his daughters, Riley and Alexa.
“I missed a few things that I don’t want to miss anymore,” he said.