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Head Coach Chris Rorke resigns

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The head football coach at Plymouth State College has announced that he is leaving PSC to further his coaching career.

Football coach Chris Rorke, who has guided the Panther program the past four years, departs Plymouth State to become the offensive coordinator at Lehigh University, a Division I-AA program in Bethlehem, Pa. He begins his new position later this month.

"I would like to thank Plymouth State College for having provided me the opportunity to be a head football coach," said Rorke. "The past four seasons have allowed me to grow and mature both personally and professionally. The people at Plymouth State made my family and I feel welcome. Their friendship and support has been invaluable to us."

Rorke came to PSC in 1999, leading the Panthers to an 8-3 record in his first season and a victory in the ECAC Northeast Championship game. He also guided the team to a 7-3 record in 2001 and a share of the Freedom Football Conference championship. Rorke's four-year record at PSC was 20-21.

A native of North Andover, Mass, Rorke has been coaching football since his graduation from Dartmouth College in 1989. He served two years (1989-90) as a graduate assistant at Georgia Tech, three years (1991-93) as an assistant at his alma mater, and five years (1994-99) as an assistant at Illinois Wesleyan University before coming to PSC for his first head coaching position.

"We are very pleased for Chris Rorke and his family," said PSC athletic director John P. Clark. "The Lehigh position is a wonderful opportunity for a person who is a very fine coach and an even finer person. We certainly wish him the very best."

Chris Rorke and his wife Mary Alice have a two-year-old son, Daniel.

Clark indicated the search for a new coach at PSC begins immediately, hoping to fill the position as soon as possible.