New Hampshire Football Report

Memorial turns to Sturgis

A 27-game losing streak wasn’t enough to scare off Rob Sturgis, who was hired as Manchester Memorial’s varsity football coach Monday night. Sturgis said he’s all about focusing on the future.
“All I know is it’s an exciting time (at Memorial) because the culture is going in a different direction,” Sturgis said. “As I told some of the kids, we’re all about moving forward.”
Memorial has gone 0-9 in each of the last three seasons and hasn’t qualified for the playoffs since 2003.
Sturgis, a 27-year-old Londonderry resident, played high school football at Wachusett Regional in Holden, Mass., and college football at Norwich. He spent five seasons (2012 to 2017) as an assistant coach at Anna Maria College, an NCAA Division III program in Paxton, Mass., and served as Anna Maria’s offensive coordinator in his final three seasons there.
Sturgis replaces David Bailey, who held the job for less than a week in March. Bailey resigned, citing health concerns. Bailey took over for Peter Colcord, who stepped down following the 2017 season after spending 10 seasons as the program’s head coach.
Sturgis, who works as an academic advisor at Southern New Hampshire University, said he missed coaching last season, and wanted to coach at the high school level.
“I felt like I’d be able to make more of an impact with that age group,” he said.
“We’ll run a system that highlights our kids’ strengths. We have a lot to do in a short time. I’m excited to get the ball rolling.”

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