New Hampshire Football Report

West searching for head coach

Vance Sullivan has been removed as Manchester West’s varsity football coach.

Sullivan, West’s head coach for the last four years, said he and the members of his coaching staff were told after the season ended that they would not be retaining their positions.

“I did not resign,” Sullivan said. “I learned two weeks ago that the principal (Richard Dichard) and the AD (Sarah Dumais) felt as if our program wasn’t on a high enough uptick and they were going to go in another direction. The entire coaching staff was given the option of either resigning or not being renewed, which is the same as being fired.”

West went 1-33 record during Sullivan’s tenure. The Blue Knights were 0-9 in Division I in 2013. After that season West was moved to Division II. The Blue Knights finished 1-7 in 2014, 0-8 in 2015 and 0-9 in 2016.

Sullivan spent two years as an assistant at West before he succeeded Jimmy Lauzon as the program’s head coach.

“The kids were phenomenal, but it was a tough situation,” Sullivan said. “We were told our enrollment was too large to move to Division III. Even though our enrollment is bigger than most of the schools we played, we were usually looking at more kids on the other sideline. The kids played hard against everybody, even when they were overmatched.”

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