Tampa Bay Storm team president Derrick Brooks announced Tuesday morning that the team would not retain Dave Ewart, relieving the third-year head coach of his duties.
“We appreciate the hard work and selfless dedication that Dave Ewart has given to the Tampa Bay Storm as our head coach these past three seasons,” Brooks said in a statement. “Unfortunately, our results have not met expectations and I believe a coaching change is in the best interest of the organization. We wish coach Ewart all the best in his future endeavors and thank him for all he has given to the Storm organization and our players during his tenure with us.”
Ewart took over for his mentor and longtime storm coach Tim Marcum on Feb. 17, 2011, after Marcum resigned amid a controversy related to inappropriate e-mails.
Ewart was 22-32 as head coach, but this 2013 season was filled with disappointment and frustration despite making the AFL playoffs.
After jumping out to a 7-4 record, the Storm struggled down the stretch and lost a franchise-worst eight straight games to end the season, including Saturday’s playoff loss at Jacksonville.
During that stretch, the Storm averaged 45 points per game.
Ewart was in his 10th season with the Storm, having served as director of player personnel and assistant coach from 2002 to 2010.