PLYMOUTH, N.H. - For the second spring in a row, Plymouth State College athletic director Steve Bamford is searching for a new men's lacrosse coach.
Bamford announced that head coach Bob Ewell has handed in his resignation. Ewell served one year as assistant lacrosse coach before taking over as head coach last summer. He also was an assistant football coach at PSC last fall. Ewell, who was part-time at PSC, indicated he is getting out of coaching for financial reasons and to spend more time with his family.
"I really enjoyed coaching both lacrosse and football at Plymouth State, but the financial end of things made this job impossible," said Ewell, whose resignation was unrelated to the recent departure of PSC football coach Mike Kemp. "It was a pleasure to work with the student-athletes at PSC, and I will miss our relationship."
Ewell, who guided the 1999 Panther squad to its second straight Pilgrim League play-off appearance and a 7-8 overall record, came to PSC with a wealth of coaching experience. The 1971 Colby graduate was lacrosse coach at his alma mater from 1974-85, and served as men's lacrosse coach and women's ice hockey coach at Princeton from 1986-91.
"In the two years Coach Ewell was with us, he made a significantly positive impact on our lacrosse program," said Bamford. "Unfortunately, we couldn't offer Bob anything more than a part-time position and because of that restriction, we couldn't meet his financial needs. We thank him for the time and energy he invested over the past two years as our assistant coach in football and our very popular men's lacrosse coach. We were fortunate to have him with us and we're saddened to see him leave."
Bamford indicated he is accepting applications for the position this month, with hopes of naming a new coach on or before June 1st.
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