MANISTIQUE - Ed Marietti cited family obligations when he handed in his resignation as Manistique boys varsity basketball coach Thursday. His resignation will be formally accepted at the Manistique board meeting April 16.
"It's been coming up for the last two years. With my parents dying and a little episode this past Thanksgiving with one of our kids (health issue), there's just a few more important things than basketball right now and I'd hate to miss any of that," Marietti said in a phone interview Monday.
"Summer camps, holidays and all that during the winter. I just didn't want to miss that anymore."
Marietti has coached the Emeralds for 18 seasons and compiled an overall record of 154-135 (.532).
His teams had seven winning seasons and captured five district titles and one Class C regional title in 2009. That team lost to McBain in the state quarterfinals.
He said "2009 was a heck of a year. I don't know how much I coached that year outside of just letting the kids play. That was the most fun year I had. That and meeting the kids when I first got here and seeing them grow. Hopefully those are friendships that will last a long time."
In 18 seasons, there are bound to be ups and downs. Marietti reflected on some seasons that ended in disappointment where others surpassed expectations.
"There were a couple years where we got beat in districts. In 2004-05, I thought we had quality teams, but we had injuries one year," Marietti said. "We also won a couple district titles we shouldn't have, so it all evens out in the end."
Athletic director Rob Ryan summarized the coaching style of Marietti and recognized his accomplishments in a press release Monday.
"Despite his calm demeanor during games, coach Marietti will be remembered as an intensely competitive coach who conducted tough, structured practices. He strove for perfection and coached with the idea of achieving it," Ryan said.
"Coach Marietti's fair, no-nonsense style of coaching became the face of Emerald boys basketball. On behalf of the athletic department and entire school district, I would like to thank Ed Marietti for his contribution to the boys basketball program. He leaves big shoes to fill and will be missed."
Marietti plans to continue coaching football as an assistant to Todd Kangas but said there are certainly things he will miss about coaching basketball.
"The games themselves and the other coaches I will miss. Practice is practice and the extra time I'm not going to miss," he said. "But the coaching aspect and seeing the kids on a different level besides the classroom, I'm sure I'll miss."