Marty Roos has won more hockey games than any other high school coach in Connecticut history, but it doesn't look like Roos will win anymore.
Roos, 76, retired from coaching Wednesday after guiding Notre Dame-Fairfield for the first nine games of the current season. The Lancers were 3-6 when he announced his decision.
"I always felt that when it came time to step down from coaching, I would know that it was time," Roos said. "Even though Notre Dame is mid-season, I believe that now is the right time."
Roos, who was born in Switzerland, was in his 21st season with Notre Dame-Fairfield. The Lancers won the Division I championship in 1999 and 2006, and finished as the Division I runner-up in 2007 and 2008.
Assistant coach Steve Hetherman was named Notre Dame-Fairfield's interim coach.
"His passion, dedication, loyalty, commitment and hard work are second to none,” Notre Dame-Fairfield athletic director Rob Bleggi said. “He is the ultimate professional and class act.”
Bleggi, who also served as an assistant coach under Roos, said Roos told him about his intention to step down on Monday. He said he was also told health was not the reason for Roos' decision.
Roos began coaching at Fairfield Prep in 1972 and moved to Notre Dame-Fairfield in 1991. He won four championships at Fairfield Prep.
Roos retired with a career record of 536-301-19.
ROG REMAINS ON THE RUN
Fairfield Prep senior Connor Rog has been named Connecticut's boys cross country runner of the year for the second consecutive season.
Rog won the Class LL individual state championship last season in 15 minutes, 50 seconds. He also led the Jesuits to the state's team title.
In addition, Rog won the State Open championship (15:22) and finished second in the New England championship (15:27).
“Connor manages the challenging task of pursuing his own goals within the context of a team,” Fairfield Prep coach Robert Ford Jr. said. “He’s shown excellent leadership and continues to grow as a runner and a fine young man."
Rog has earned an athletic scholarship to the University of North Carolina.
PANTHERS REMAIN NO. 1
E.O. Smith maintained its position atop the Hartford Courant's statewide girls basketball rankings by defeating previously unbeaten Tolland 62-51 Thursday.
Junior guard Murphy Murad scored a team-high 22 points for E.O. Smith, which raised its record to 13-0. The Panthers received 11 points from Ashley Forand and 11 points and 12 rebounds from Morgan Olander.
Kristin Schatzlein led Tolland (12-1) with a game-high 25 points. Schatzlein, who will play for Fairfield University next season, scored 18 of her 25 points in the first quarter.
HOMPE MAKES SURPRISE CHOICE
Junior Olivia Hompe, a left wing on the New Canaan girls hockey team, is on pace to end her career as the state's all-time leading scorer. She has 222 career points (138) goals, which is 41 points shy of the career record held by former New Canaan standout Maggie Westfal.
Hompe collected 41 goals and 15 assists through new Canaan's first 11 games this season. She scored seven goals in one game, and five in five others. So it came as a surprise when she recently made it known that she plans to play lacrosse – not hockey – in college.
Hompe said she's waiting to see if she will be accepted to Princeton, where she plans to continue her athletic career.
Hompe collected 63 goals and 27 assists for the New Canaan girls' lacrosse team last season.
Five Connecticut high school boys basketball players have been nominated to the 2012 McDonald's All-American teams. New London's Kris Dunn, St. Joseph-Trumbull's Timajh Parker, Suffield Academy's Ben Freeland, Suffield Academy's Erik Sanders and Hotchkiss School-Lakeville's Mike Tobey were among the more than 600 nominees nationwide.
The final roster of 24 players will be announced during the McDonald's All-American Games selection show on ESPNU on Feb. 9. The boys and girls games will be held March 28 in Chicago.
Roger Brown has covered high school sports in New England since 1992. He publishes the New Hampshire Football Report and covers high school and college football in the Northeast for ESPN/Scouts Inc.