Darian Barnes has resigned after three seasons as the head coach of Colts Neck’s football team, he confirmed to Shore Sports Network on Wednesday afternoon.

“I work in Short Hills, I live in Rahway and my wife is pregnant with our fourth child, so I just felt it was time,” Barnes said.

Barnes was an assistant with Colts Neck before taking over as the interim coach eight games into the 2014 season and was named the permanent head coach in January of 2015. The Cougars went 8-22 during Barnes’ three full years as head coach.

Photo by Bill Normile.
Photo by Bill Normile.

“I love Colts Neck football, I love the kids and it’s a great school and a great program,” Barnes said. “There are great kids there with a great support staff in terms of the administration and those who care about Colts Neck football and what it means to the school and the community as a whole.”

A standout at Toms River North who played at Rutgers and then Hampton University, Barnes was an NFL fullback for seven years and won a Super Bowl with the 2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He said he will continue to pursue coaching positions in the future.

The vacancy at Colts Neck means the Cougars will be searching for a new head coach for the third time in five years.


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