Sigsbury steps down as M-E boys hoop coach

Boston Cathedral Athletic Director Duane Sigsbury confirmed to ESPNBoston.com this morning that he has resigned as head coach of the Manchester-Essex boys' basketball program, following the Hornets' 81-49 loss to St. Mary's of Lynn last night in the MIAA Division 4 North playoffs.

The news was first reported by the Gloucester Daily Times.

Sigsbury slid into the AD spot at Cathedral two months ago, over from his position as the head of Physical Education and the Health and Planning Center, and is also the head football coach. In his first season at the helm of the Panthers' football team, he guided them to an appearance in the Division 4A Eastern Mass Super Bowl.

Sigsbury said the reason for his resignation is of no ill will.

"I have nothing but good memories and life-long friendships from my four years at Manchester-Essex," Sigsbury said. "The school is top notch, and the student-athletes are amazing young men and women. The administration was sad to see me go, but they understand my decision."

The Hornets won three straight Cape Ann League titles under Sigsbury, which included a 19-3 campaign this season.