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D’Amore Stepping Down as Lancer Football Head Coach

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D’Amore Stepping Down as Lancer Football Head Coach

The Department of Athletics has announced that Joe D’Amore is stepping down as the head coach of the Lancer Football program after eight seasons. The move is effective immediately.

D’Amore was the fourth head coach in the Lancers’ 50-year history of the football program, following a one year-stint as the interim head coach in 2011.

The Windsor native 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 in 2011 after his team finished with a 5-3 record and advanced to the OUA semi-finals.

He also played for the Lancers from 1996-2000 as a standout wide receiver and he served as the team captain for three 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. I wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”

Under his guidance, 23 Lancer student-athletes earned OUA all-star honours, while three went on to be named U SPORTS all-Canadians. Coach D’Amore also had 9 players drafted by CFL teams, including Randy Beardy who captured a Grey Cup with the Ottawa Redblacks in 2016.

“For the past 8 years I have had the honour and privilege to lead the Lancer Football team, along with hundreds of outstanding young men. 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.”

Joe D’Amore

The University of Windsor will begin a national search immediately for the next head coach of the Lancer Football program.