Former Dundalk coach went 2-8 with the Friars in 2017

Sean Sandora

by Gary Adornato

Sean Sandora, who was hired as the head coach of the Archbishop Curley football program last spring, after former coach Sean Murphy stepped down and relocated to North Carolina after 21 highly successful seasons with the Friars, was released from his coaching and teaching positions at Curley earlier this week, VSN has learned.

Archbishop Curley athletic director Matt Hatton confirmed that Sandora was no longer at the school, after Curley announced the decision to its football families in a letter on Friday, but would not comment on the reasons or circumstances of the coach’s departure, stating that he could not comment on a personnel matter.

Other sources close to the school have revealed that the decision to terminate Sandora occurred after an alleged altercation with a student, during a “lock down” drill, earlier this week.

Prior to moving to Curley, Sandora spent five seasons as the head coach at Dundalk where he posted a 40-19 record and took the Owls to the 2015 3A state championship game at M&T Bank Stadium. He also was an assistant coach at both Dundalk and Mount Hebron before getting his first head coach opportunity, and was a standout defensive back and captain on the football team at Salisbury State University.

The Friars had a rough first year under their new coach as they transitioned from the run-dominated double wing offense employed by Murphy to the spread offense run by Sandora.

The Friars lost their first seven games last fall, but closed strong by winning two of their last three.