BUFFALO, NY- St. Joe's sent out an email tonight informing the media that head basketball coach Mark Simon has retired from his position. Simon started coaching the Marauders in 2001. Below is the letter from the school.

St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute announced the retirement of Varsity Basketball Coach Mark Simon today. Coach Simon shared the news with his team after the game against St. Francis earlier tonight.

“We want to thank Mark for his many years of dedication and his incredible commitment to our student-athletes,” said St. Joe’s President Robert Scott. Athletic Director Brian Anken also noted Simon’s significant impact at St. Joe’s stating: “In addition to elevating his players’ success on the court, he demanded positive attitudes and respect for others both inside and outside of the gym.” Coach Simon remarked that “ After 18 years as the head coach of the Marauders and 44 straight years being involved in high school basketball as a player, official and coach, it is time for me to slow down and focus on some other things in my life. I am forever grateful to everyone associated with St. Joe’s.”

Simon accepted the role in 2001 and led the team to five straight Manhattan Cup Championship games from 2002 to 2007, winning the Cup four times during that span. He won New York Catholic State Championships in 2004 and 2006. Simon recorded his 300th victory this season, capping a successful career as the Marauders head coach.