Stratton to step down as Storm coach

BENNINGTON - Southern Vermont Storm football coach Tighe Stratton, the founder of the team and the head coach for the past two seasons, announced on Facebook on Thursday night that he will step down. Having dual roles as both a coach and the team's president became too much, he said. Stratton will stay on as president next season.

"The administrative stuff by itself is enough to deal with," Stratton said.

Stratton went 13-7 in his time leading the semi-pro New England Football League franchise. In both years, the Storm reached the NEFL playoffs but lost in the quarterfinals.

"After two years of that, maybe someone can help us through," Stratton said.

Stratton and Mike Thorpe founded the team in 2006, and Stratton played until 2010, when injuries forced him to step away. He was solely the president in 2011 before taking on both jobs in 2012. Overall, the Storm have reached the NEFL playoffs in either A or AA division in seven of the franchise's eight seasons.

Stratton said he hopes someone new, unfamiliar with team members, would come in, but that he would be happy if a former player took the spot.

"We're going to try to get an outside source, but there's a couple players who might be interested," Stratton said.

Coaches Tim Smith and Tom Kelley will stay on as assistants, choosing not to take on the main role with other commitments.

Stratton said that some of the players knew he would be leaving.

"I had mentioned it a little bit that I had some personal things to deal with," Stratton said. "I'm glad I did it, I enjoyed it more than running the team."


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