After 11 years of coaching at Bishop Hoban and Holy Redeemer, winning a combined eight district championships and having four individual district champions with the Royals, a 23-meet win streak for his girls team and a 49-meet win streak for his boys, Holy Redeemer cross country coach Ed Roman is hanging up his stopwatch.
I think it's just time to move on. It was really tough to manage my time with work. I work long days and I've had to spend some time away from my family, Roman explained. But we definitely had some good years. I have a philosophy that I've tried to implement since I've been here and that is that are four keys of success, and they're pray often, work hard, have fun and surround yourself with good people.
I think the kids I've had the opportunity to coach have really taken to that.
While citing the time constraints of his job at Sanofi Pasteur as one of the factors why he recently announced his resignation, Roman has bigger reasons for stepping away from the cross country trail.
I'm going to be spending some of it traveling to see my kids, said Roman. I've got two in college, Penn State and Marywood, and another son in Maryland that recently got married, so I'll certainly be making some more time for them.
While taking time for his family will be his top priority, Roman does plan to lend a helping hand where needed with the Redeemer cross country and track programs.
I'll still be involved, but I'll be spending some time only as a volunteer, said Roman. I'll be there for whoever the new head coach is going to be. I'll be trying to help them implement the same things I was able to.
While most would see that as a statement of Roman's etchings in the record books, it's what can't be measured in wins or losses that Roman hopes to impart.
The winning streaks, the championships, I didn't expect it, going in years ago as a coach, said Roman. I'm not there for the wins and I don't think the true coaches are. For me, it was about coaching them for success and developing the kids and seeing them really become great people.
As a coach, my favorite moment is when my team congratulates another team even when they lose. Anybody can be a good winner, that's easy, but it's tough to lose. When you can teach these kids that there will be setbacks, that it's not always going to be easy and then see them continue to push through those moments, that's what it's about for me.