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Norwich U. Hires Ex-Hartford Coach

Northfield, Vt. — Mike Stone, who left Hartford High earlier this summer after 28 years as head football coach, was named defensive backs coach at Norwich University on Friday.

Also, Steve Smith was named wide receivers coach.

“I am extremely excited about the additions to our football staff,” Norwich head coach Mark Murnyack said in a news release. “The experience, leadership, professionalism and work ethic have been amazing. Both Steve and Mike are Norwich graduates, obviously they care about this place and probably equally important they understand what Norwich did for them and what it can do for our student athletes.”

Stone, a 1981 graduate of Norwich, led the Hurricanes to 10 Division I state championship titles and 13 overall championship appearances.

“It is an honor to coach at Norwich,” Stone said. “I believe that football is an educational tool that should be used to help develop the overall student-athlete, and this belief is extremely evident in the athletic programs at Norwich.”

In 2013, Norwich competed in its second straight ECAC North Atlantic Championship Bowl after sharing a portion of the ECFC Championship title with Gallaudet. Both teams finished with 6-1 records in league play, while the Cadets concluded the season with a 7-4 overall record.

Norwich’s 2014 season opens on Sept. 6 at 1:30 p.m. against Rennselear at Sabine Field at Haynes Family Stadium.