Dave McFadden steps down as Strath Haven boys' basketball coach

Dave McFadden (right) has stepped down as Strath Haven boys’ basketball coach after two seasons. CHARLES FOX / Staff Photographer

Dave McFadden stepped down as the Strath Haven boys’ basketball coach after two seasons on Wednesday, citing personal reasons.

“I have two young sons — Fin, who is 3 1/2, and Landon, who is 2 1/2,” he said. ” I need to do right by them and my family. The time commitment of being a coach was cutting into the time I was spending with them.”

Last season, McFadden guided the Panthers to a 14-9 record, the Central League playoff tournament final, and a berth in the PIAA District 1 Class 5A tournament.

“This was probably the most difficult decision I’ve had to make in my life,” McFadden, 32, said. “But I had to do what I had to do.”

In his first season in Wallingford, McFadden guided a team that went 3-17 the year before to a 19-5 mark and a district playoff berth.

McFadden, who played basketball at Upper Darby and Gwynedd Mercy University, was previously an assistant for three seasons at Marple Newtown, four at Upper Darby, and one at Gwynedd Mercy.

“Eventually, maybe in a few years, I’d like to get back into coaching at some level,” he said.