Lancers football coach steps down

UWindsor Lancers Football Head Coach Joe D'Amore vs the Ottawa GeeGees at the University of Windsor's Alumni Field, September 3, 2012. (Photo by Edwin Tam)

Joe D’Amore is stepping down as the head coach of the Lancer Football Program.

The University of Windsor Department of Athletics announced Sunday that, effective immediately, D’Amore will end his duties after being with the university for eight seasons.

“I would like to thank Joe for his hard work and his contributions to Lancer Football over the past eight seasons,” said Director of Athletics, Mike Havey. “He is a true Lancer who was committed as both a coach and as a student-athlete to represent the University of Windsor with great pride and spirit.”

D’Amore, a Windsor native, played for the Lancers from 1996-2000 as a wide receiver. As a coach, he led the Lancers to four straight OUA playoff appearances from 2011-14 and was the Tuffy Knight Award winner as the OUA Football Coach of the Year.

“For the past eight years I have had the honour and privilege to lead the Lancer Football team, along with hundreds of outstanding young men,’ says D’Amore. “I want to thank my entire Lancer family including my coaches and players for all their dedication and support during my time here. It has been an incredible ride and I will continue to follow and support all the Lancer teams in the future. I am excited about the next chapter in my life, however, I will always be a proud Lancer because that is who I am and that is who I will always be.”

Elisa Mitton, Sports Information Coordinator for the University of Windsor said she was not given any information about D’Amore’s plans for the future. The university will immediately begin a national search for their next head coach.