After two years of guiding the Mount View High School girls basketball team, coach Tony Staffiere has stepped down as the school’s varsity coach.

Staffiere led the Mustangs to back-to-back 6-12 finishes and a 12-25 record overall, including a berth in the Class B North playoffs last month.

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Staffiere, a 1994 John Bapst Memorial High School graduate who also coached collegiately before coming to Thorndike, also was the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B coach of the year this season.

“The decision was actually an easy one to make from a non-basketball perspective," Staffiere said.

“We have two young children, a 3-year-old boy and a 5-month-old girl, that I wanted to be around more and more as the season wore on,” he said. “I also know the burden of me being gone essentially six days a week I put on my wife was too much to ask of her for four months [including the summer] throughout the year.”

He said travel “also played a large part” in his decision. Staffiere, who lives in Waterville, works in Augusta in addition to coaching in Thorndike, which “made for some long days and nights.”

Staffiere said he had made his decision to step down prior to the KVAC coaches meeting and that winning conference coach of the year was a nice surprise and “a great way to go out.”

“I am extremely honored to be recognized by my peers as KVAC coach of the year,” said Staffiere, who added assistant coach Janelle Albright deserves to be honored with the award as well. “With the schedule we had and the tremendous coaches we faced night in and night out it is truly humbling to think other coaches thought so highly of the work I did at Mount View this season.”

Staffiere, who is also one of the founders of the Gilman St. Basketball Club in Waterville, said the Mustangs — who lose only senior starter Halle Reynolds to graduation and figure to have a large group coming up from the middle school next year — could be in line for another tournament berth next season.

“I think if the returning players blended with the incoming freshmen class dedicate their entire off-season to reaching the postseason next February they definitely have a chance,” he said. “There is a solid nucleus of talent on that roster and with another year of experience, they have the opportunity to be in position to grab a top-12 spot.”