Tom Unger confirmed Monday that he stepped down as head football coach at Guilford, a position he’s held since 2008.
Unger, who said it was his decision to step down, cited the grueling commitment it takes to be a head coach and the desire to spend more time with his family as reasons for his departure.
The Indians went 2-9 this past season. Unger was 27-46 at Guilford, which included winning the SCC Division II West championship last season. The Indians never finished with more than five wins in a season under Unger. Guilford went 5-6 last season and 5-5 in 2012 and 2010.
“It was a long season,” Unger said. “But even before that, it take a lot out of you every single year. It’s a grind. I love it, but sometimes it takes a lot out of you.”
Unger added that he loves coaching football and hopes to do so again, but has yet to make any decision about his future plans.
The Indians return a strong nucleus next season, including junior quarterback Jack Jankura, who rushed for more than 1,000 yards this season, and most of their offensive line. Guilford also returns running backs Mike Filley and Ben Fazzina, both juniors, and sophomore Ben Currier.
“I am really appreciative of the time I spent coaching at Guilford High School,” Unger said. “It’s a good place.”
Coaching Vacancies 2015:
Bunnell — Doug Cotto fired at midseason
East Haven — Anthony Lucibello resigned at midseason
Fitch — Jordan Panucci not renewed after season
Guilford — Tom Unger resigned after season
Lyman Hall — Rob Marone fired at midseason