Chuck Lynch has resigned as New Milford High School's football coach.

A New Milford High School graduate and former Green Wave player, he took the reins from Tom Taylor in 2003 and coached the Green Wave for 10 seasons.

Coach Lynch compiled a 28-73 record, highlighted by a 6-5 ledger in 2008 and 5-5 in 2011.

The 2012 Green Wave lost its first seven games before outplaying Immaculate, 28-0, on Nov. 10 and Stratford, 26-22, on Nov. 17. A 31-13 loss to New Fairfield on Thanksgiving Day closed out a 2-8 campaign.

Overall, NMHS was outscored this fall by its rivals by a 156-282 margin.

Coach Lynch told Rich Gregory of The Spectrum and The News-Times, sister paper to The Spectrum, that he stepped down for personal reasons, but he plans to coach somewhere next season.

"I value the memories I have, and I value the friendships I've made," he told The Spectrum. "I've had the opportunity to coach a lot of great kids here at New Milford High School who have gone on to play college football and gone on into the real world."

Coach Lynch has also taught social studies at New Milford High for the last seven years and said he plans to continue in that role.

Lance Pliego, the NMHS athletic director, said Chuck Lynch will be missed on the coaching staff.

"We lost a coach who cares immensely about the students-athletes, the football team and the integrity of the program as a whole," he said.

"Chuck loved coaching here and his passion was felt from the first day of off-season workouts until the final whistle of the season" Mr Pliego added. "I cannot thank him enough for the time, effort and care he put into this program."

Mr. Pliego said the search for a replacement has not begun.

"We have decided to hold our posting until after the state championships and our fall awards night (Dec. 10)," he explained. "We do not want speculation surrounding coach Lynch as he enjoys this time with the state games and the team celebrations."

In retrospect, coach Lynch simply felt it best for the program and himself to move on.

"It's just time," he told The Spectrum. "I'm just ready for a new chapter in my life, so to speak."

Rich Gregory and Norm Cummings