Lehigh Valley Steelhawks head coach Chris Thompson has stepped down, effective immediately. He has been the coach for the last six seasons.
According to the team’s Facebook page, he will pursue another coaching role as well as a front office job. He will help the team find a new head coach before he goes off and finds a new role.
“It is a sad day here in Steelhawks country, but we are extremely happy for Coach Thompson and the opportunity he has in front of him to further his career,” Steelhawks Executive Vice President and General Manager Mike Clark said.
“For the past six season Coach Thompson has embodied everything that we as an organization asked of our leader. He has led winning teams, helped grow and mold young men in the sport, and has established himself in this community and fostered many relationships with fans and performance partners alike. He will always be a Steelhawk, and we were honored to have him part of our family.”
The Lehigh Valley Steelhawks ended their first season in the National Arena League (NAL) with a semifinal loss to the Columbus Lions. They had held a 22-point lead, but couldn’t hang on to advance to the title game.
They will play their second season in the NAL in 2018 along with other teams. The league announced they will announce new teams this Wednesday followed by the schedule release the following Wednesday, Nov. 22.