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Storm fires head coach Dave Ewart

The Storm had a 22-32 regular-season record in three seasons under head coach Dave Ewart.

Times files (2012)

The Storm had a 22-32 regular-season record in three seasons under head coach Dave Ewart.

TAMPA — Coach Dave Ewart led the Tampa Bay Storm to the playoffs for the first time since 2010 but that wasn't enough to save his job.

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Team president Derrick Brooks announced Tuesday that Ewart would be let go following a disappointing 7-11 season.

"We appreciate the hard work and selfless dedication that Dave Ewart has given to the Tampa Bay Storm as our head coach these past three seasons," Brooks said in a news release. "Unfortunately, our results have not met expectations and I believe a coaching change is in the best interest of the organization."

Tampa Bay lost a franchise-record eight straight games to close the season, including 69-62 Saturday against Jacksonville in the opening round of the American Conference playoffs.

The fourth-seeded Storm led the top-seeded Sharks by 21 in the third quarter.

Ewart took over for longtime coach Tim Marcum two weeks before the start of 2011 training camp. After consecutive sub-.500 seasons, the Storm jumped to a 7-4 record this year before dropping the final eight.

The Storm had a rash of injuries to key players this season. Linemen Brad Serini (knee) and Terence Crosby (lower body) both sustained season-ending injuries, and receiver Greg Ellingson was signed away by the CFL Hamilton Tiger-Cats midway through the year.

But the biggest blow came when Tampa Bay lost quarterback and MVP candidate Adrian McPherson (knee) June 15 against New Orleans.

McPherson, a former Florida State standout, shattered the league record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback (22) with 31, despite playing just 13 games.

The Storm didn't win a game the rest of the way.

Ewart served as director of player personnel and assistant coach from 2002-2010. He had a 22-32 regular-season record in three years as coach.

Ewart declined comment when reached by phone on Tuesday.

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