Chris Anderson has resigned his position as head football coach at Woodland in order to take take an assistant coaching position at the University of New Haven.
“It was a hard emotional decision,” Anderson said via email. “But one that I feel is right at this time.”
Anderson became the new school’s first football coach in 2001 and went 49-19 in six varsity seasons. His only losing season was his first, 3-8 in 2002. Woodland was 8-3 in its first official NVL season in 2003.
From 2004-2005, Woodland went 24-1 and won back-to-back Class SS and NVL championships. After a 6-4 season in 2006, Woodland rebounded with an 8-3 season last year and was the NVL runner up a Class SS semifinalist.
Because of that success, Anderson’s name constantly came up when other head coaching positions opened. He was turned down for the head coaching job at Hamden, which went to Guilford’s Scott Benoit, and was rumored to be in the running at Torrington before that job went to SCSU strength and conditioning coach and former Seymour assistant Dan Dunaj.
Edit: Anderson officially resigned this morning and told his players during a workout. Outgoing AD Dan Scavone said the assistants will run the team’s upcoming spring practice. Anderson added that it would be Tim Shea.
Anderson will coach receivers at UNH, which is reviving its once-dominant football program under new coach Peter Rossomando.