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Veteran N.J. girls basketball coach resigns from nationally-ranked program

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One of the country’s top high school girls basketball programs is in need of a head coach.

Veteran head man Bob Fusuk, who turned Trenton Catholic from a middle-of-the-road program into one of the nation’s best in a four-year span, has resigned from his position, he announced on Twitter on Monday morning.

The move comes after a dramatic winter for the Mercer County school. Trenton Catholic announced in January that it would be closing its doors at the end of the 2020-21 school year, but ultimately remained open.

“There have been many factors that have played a part in my decision to step down as the head coach of the girls basketball program at Trenton Catholic Prep Academy, but due to many changes over the last eight months, it has been a challenge to keep the program at the level we have with many of our players coming from outside our local area.”

In four years at Trenton Catholic, Fusik compiled a 93-9 record, reached the South Jersey, Non-Public B title game three times, winning two, and won three straight Mercer County Tournament titles. Sherika Salmon, Fusik’s longstanding assistant coach who he has long praised as the backbone of his program, has also resigned.

Fusik’s resume at Trenton Catholic would be even more impressive had a global pandemic not stopped his team in its tracks the last two season. TCA finished as the No. 2 ranked team in each of those seasons after the season was cut short in March 2020 at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic and no state tournament was held in 2021 as New Jersey continued to battle it.

His departure will leave plenty of questions about a star-studded roster and where those players will end up if they choose to follow his exit. Zoe Brooks and Aalyah Del Rosario were both First Team All-State players in 2021, while Angelica Velez, Aurora Almon were both key players for the Iron Mikes.

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Brian Deakyne may be reached at bdeakyne@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @BrianDeakyne.

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