Two coaching changes as coaching carousel heats up

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday November 18, 2013

The coaching carousel is heating up, and two northeastern football teams are making coaching changes

On Monday, broke the news that Rhode Island head coach Joe Trainer would not return next season.

Trainer has been head coach since 2009, when he was promoted from defensive coordinator at the the FCS Colonial Athletic Conference school. The Rams went 1-10 in his first season, but improved to 5-6 in 2010. The five wins were the school’s most since 2001. The Rams went 3-8 in 2011 and 0-11 in 2012. They started 3-5 this season, but lost the final four games.

"I have enjoyed my six years here at the University of Rhode Island," Trainer said in a statement. "I am thankful for the opportunity to have worked with so many quality people."

At Southern Connecticut, head coach Rich Cavanaugh has decided to retire after 28 seasons as head coach, a source told The Owls posted 11 straight winning seasons from 2001-11 and 18 straight non-losing seasons before going 3-8 in each of the past two years.

Cavanaugh is the winningest and longest-tenured coach in the history of the Division II Northeast-10 school

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