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NHIAA Football: New coach says it's an 'exciting' time for Memorial

New Hampshire Union Leader

May 16. 2018 10:01PM

Manchester Memorial will enter the 2018 NHIAA football season with a 27-game losing streak, but that didn’t scare away Rob Sturgis.

Sturgis, who was hired as Memorial’s varsity football coach Monday night, said he’s all about focusing on the future.

“All I know is it’s an exciting time because the culture is going in a different direction,” Sturgis said. “As I told some of the kids, we’re all about moving forward.”

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 replaced 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 the land a coaching position at the high school level.

“I felt like I’d be able to make more of an impact with that age group,” he said. “I found out it was official on Tuesday. Ecstatic. Couldn’t wait to get started.”

Memorial hasn’t qualified for the playoffs since the 2003 season.

“We’ll run a system that highlights our kids’ strengths,” Sturgis said. “We have a lot to do in a short time. I’m excited to get the ball rolling.”

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