After leading Hudson Catholic for 9 years, Pete Vincent steps down, seeks new opportunities

After winning nearly 150 games, three league titles and a Hudson County Tournament Championship, Pete Vincent is walking away from Hudson Catholic.

Vincent, who has spent the past nine years as Hawks coach, told NJ Advance Media on Friday that he has quit, saying he wants to pursue other coaching opportunities after doing well with the school. based in Jersey City.

“Part of my decision to leave Hudson was simply to explore other professional opportunities, whether in college coaching or at a higher level in high school,” Vincent said. “Hudson has been great with me. It was the first place that gave me the opportunity to be a head coach, so I will be forever indebted and grateful to them for that.

“I just felt after nine years that it was a good time for me to move on. I’ve put together a great program there, so I think whoever takes over will find themselves in a incredible situation.

Vincent said he broke the news to the team on Friday and added that parents and players support his decision. He will still be involved in coaching some of the players through the AAU and will play a larger year-round role with United NJ AAU coaching their sixth-year program.

The Jersey City native also led Hudson Catholic to an unofficial county championship during the COVID-shortened season in 2020, ending as the top team in the Hudson County Interscholastic Athletic League.

Hudson Catholic went 13-10 last season, including making it to the semifinals of the Hudson County Tournament, as Vincent dealt with a myriad of injuries, including the loss of lead guard Kayla Beckford to a season-ending injury and rookie Janaya Meyers for an extended period. time as she dealt with injuries.

The Hawks’ season ended with a 45-42 loss to Immaculate Heart in the quarterfinals of the North Jersey, Non-Public A Division tournament.

Vincent said it wasn’t an easy decision to leave Hudson Catholic, but he was happy to have made an impact in the town where he grew up.

“To be with these people in my neighborhood and make the people of Jersey City proud and be able to serve these inner city kids and provide a high class educational experience mixed with a high class athletic experience in their backyard and they don’t didn’t need to go to a school in Bergen County and Passaic County to get it,” he said.

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