McArthur steps down as Colts Neck football coach

The only coach in the 11-year history of Colts Neck’s football program resigned on Friday as Mike McArthur stepped down on the heels of the program’s first division title in school history this past fall.

“It was time to spend more time with my family,” said McArthur, who has two young children. “I still plan on coaching, I just want to step back and spend more time at home right now.”

“I left on top so it was great to go out that way. This class of 22 seniors was the best class I’ve ever had as far as their character and I was fortunate to have coached them.”

The Cougars finished the 2008 season 6-4 and won a share of the Constitution Division title, their first division title in program history. They also made a state playoff appearance and handed NJSIAA Central Jersey Group III champion Freehold its only loss of the season in the schools’ Thanksgiving Day game. McArthur, who informed the team of his decision on Friday, has a career record of 47-44.

McArthur’s departure now leaves jobs open at Colts Neck, St. John Vianney, Brick, Red Bank and Mater Dei.

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