As I mentioned Tuesday, Saunders coach Mel Carrozza resigned this week. I talked to him today and Carrozza said he was forced to make the decision because of a bad back. He suffered a herniated disc in June and his condition has not improved despite several treatments and procedures in recent weeks.
“It just wasn’t going to work for me to coach,” he said. “I just wasn’t getting better.”
Carrozza’s assistants have conducted team workouts this week, although the district has yet to appoint a new head coach.
The change comes as a surprise after Carrozza led Saunders to one of its best seasons in years. The Blue Devils went 6-1 and earned a berth in the Class A playoffs before they lost to Section 1 runner-up Sleepy Hollow in the quarterfinals.
Carrozza said the team had hoped — and still hopes — it can build off that; he just wasn’t healthy enough to be a part of it.
“I worked my butt off and those kids worked hard all winter,” he said. “We’ve done everything possible, but I have to do what’s right to get healthy again.
“I felt it was in the best interest of the kids to let somebody else take over.”