Mike D'Antonio told Shore Sports Network on Wednesday morning that he has decided to step down after five seasons as the head football coach at Freehold Township to spend more time with his family and pursue an administrative degree.

D'Antonio compiled a 14-36 record during his tenure with the Patriots, who he had in the hunt for a state playoff berth this fall before they ultimately finished 4-6. D'Antonio led Freehold Township to 4-6 seasons in 2012 and 2014, marking their best seasons since going 6-4 under former coach Dom Lepore in 2004 for their last winning season. Freehold Township has only made one state playoff appearance in its history, which came in 2001 under Lepore.

Mike D'Antonio announced he is stepping down as the head football coach at Freehold Township after five seasons. (Photo by Bill Normile)

D'Antonio's departure now leaves a pair of job openings in the Shore Conference less than a month after the season ended. Colts Neck coach Peter Shaw was dismissed with two games left during the season, and assistant Darian Barnes served as the interim head coach of the Cougars in a loss to Ocean and in their NJSIAA consolation game for their only victory of the season.