Tom Cunningham has stepped down after 13 seasons as Fairfield Warde’s head girls soccer coach to take the same position at Seymour.
An email, obtained by Hearst Connecticut Media, was sent by Cunningham to the Warde parents on Tuesday afternoon indicating the move.
Warde won the 2007 Class L state championship over Farmington. The Mustangs fell to Glastonbury in the 2014 Class LL state final in double overtime. Warde also shared the FCIAC tournament title with Staples that season and reached the final in 2011.
Cunningham finished with a 132-65-32 record.
“I really developed a lot of relationships (at Warde). We had so many athletes come through. It was hard, it was difficult. But I didn’t know when the (Seymour) position would open up again,” Cunningham said. “The hardest part was leaving the girls at Fairfield.”
Cunningham, a Seymour resident, would be the Wildcats’ fifth girls soccer coach in as many years. He said the position had only been offered in the town’s school system previously, but was opened up to outside candidates this time around.
“I’ve worked with these girls in the Seymour program during the off-season,” said Cunningham, 37. “The program has a lot of potential. It will be a challenge. I’m looking forward to it.”
Cunningham said Natalie Gallucci, his assistant, is remaining with the program, which will help with the transition to the new coach.
Cunningham will continue to teach physical education and coach boys lacrosse at Fairfield Warde, where he just completed his 13th season.