By TOM WILLIAMS
Shea Belte, who coached the girls basketball team at St. Joseph High School in Hammonton last season for the first time, has stepped down from the position to deal with a family situation.
Belte, a former all star player at Cherry Hill East who battled injuries during her college career at Holy Family, coached the Wildcats through a 3-20 season last year. The team was young and also was forced to play most of the season without its all star center, who was injured in December.
“It is difficult to be the coach that I need and want to be for my St. Joe family,” Belte said, “and also be the mother that I need and want to be to my son at this time. That reality has caused this tough decision. The people at St. Joseph need to have a coach who does not have split priorities.”
Belte (above, in a team huddle) is the sixth Cape-Atlantic League basketball coach to step down during the off-season. She joins Greg Goodwin (Absegami boys), Dennis Smith (Holy Spirit girls), Fran Raph (Cedar Creek girls), Kevin Nash (Bridgeton boys) and Jack Martine (Vineland boys).