News broke this week that longtime Bridgeton Bulldogs head football coach Dave Ellen, has stepped down as Bridgeton's football coach.

"Its just been ongoing for maybe the past two years," Ellen said as a guest of the South Jersey Sports Report. "Its a feeling I've been getting, I'm slowing down, getting older."

Ellen mentioned that two other members of the staff, Ray Wilks and Warren DeShields, are also stepping down. "It was time, it was more or less just a feeling we were getting, that it was time," Ellen added about the members of his staff stepping down with him.

Ellen, 53 went 111-97 in 20 seasons leading the program, winning a South Jersey Group 2 title in 1999.

The 1999 team was one of his most memorable teams, beating Pleasantville and Hammonton along the way to the Group 2 title.

"It was a dream season, Ellen explained. Everything went right."

So what will he miss?

"The preparation aspect of the sport," Ellen said. "I love watching and breaking down film, installing the plays for the upcoming week, checking on the kids, putting out fires."

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