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AFL News: Tampa Bay Storm Coach Resigns Amidst Controversy

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The coach and general manager of the team Spokane beat in last year's Arena Bowl, Tim Marcum, resigned Thursday morning from the Tampa Bay Storm.

Marcum spent 15 years with the Storm and was the winningest coach in the Arena Football League going back to its original organization. He had a record of 156-79 and won three AFL championships (1995, 1996, 2003). In all, he spent 21 years as an AFL head coach, winning a total of seven Arena Bowl championships.

"After 15 great seasons in Tampa Bay with the Storm, it is time for me to move on," Marcum said in a report by ArenaFan.com.

He said he had a lot going on in his life at the moment, and that it was best for everyone if he stepped away from the game.

In January, it was made public that pornographic and racist emails were found on Marcum's work computer, according to the Tampa Tribune. The news came to light as a result of his involvement in a lawsuit with the Storm's former owner, Robert Nucci.

Ownership recently transferred to Jeff Vinik, also the owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning hockey team.

 

Ewart Named New Head Coach

The Storm announced on Thursday that assistant coach Dave Ewart would be the club's new head coach. The 16-year veteran of the AFL was also serving as the organization's director of player personnel.

Ewart starting coaching in the AFL in 1994 as an assistant with the Cleveland Thunderbolts. He was also head coach of the St. Louis Stampede, the Texas Terror and the Florida Bobcats. He's been with the Storm since 2002.

The Storm open the regular season March 11 in New Orleans against the VooDoo.

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