Falmouth High boys’ hockey coach Scott Rousseau announced he is stepping down after 13 years of guiding the program.

In an email to coaches and the media Saturday, Rousseau said he informed Falmouth High of his decision last Wednesday.

“The time is right to step aside for a bit,” Rousseau wrote. “Family has to come before hockey.”

Rousseau and his wife, Meredith, have two children, Jackson, 3, and Caroline, 1. Rousseau said he wanted to be home more, especially since Meredith’s job takes her out of state every two weeks.

“It really made continuing to coach too difficult,” he wrote, “particularly with the evening 6 p.m. practice slots we often had and of course, weekday night games.”

Rousseau, who owns the Portland sporting goods store, Play It Again Sports, will stay involved in hockey, working at the Rousseau’s Hockey clinics with his brothers, Shawn and Gary.

Shawn Rousseau is the head coach at Thornton Academy.

Scott Rousseau’s last game was against his brother. Thornton eliminated Falmouth in the Western Class A semifinals, 4-1.

The Yachtsmen finished the season 13-5-2.

Rousseau’s Falmouth teams reached the regional semifinals in every year he coached. His team reached the regional final four times.

Falmouth never won a state title, but one reason is the Yachtsmen moved up a class.

Falmouth competes in Class B in every sport, but moved up to Class A in hockey in 2003.

Rousseau didn’t rule out a return.

“I still have a passion for hockey and who knows, maybe down the road I might be able to coach again,” he wrote.

Besides coaching, Rousseau will have other reasons to visit the rink.

His son, Jackson, is already taking part in his first hockey clinic.

 

BOYS’ LACROSSE

DEERING 16, MARSHWOOD 3: Riley Asbury and Jackson Sewall scored four goals and two assists each to lead the Rams at Portland.

Carlton Allen added four goals and Carl Rickett made a team-high 15 faceoffs for Deering.

Jeff Hathaway scored two goals for Marshwood.