BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- Last fall, Brian Sherwood helped lead Newark Valley football to its very first state title. On Thursday, Sherwood announced that he's stepping away from the sidelines to focus more on his family.
"It was a long, thought out decision," said Sherwood at the Rumble Ponies game on Thursday. "I did it in the winter at the banquet. Both my boys are now in the program, and I'd rather watch them as a dad then coach them as a coach."
Former Cardinal and defensive coordinator Ted Hardenstine will take over for Sherwood.
"I left it in good hands in Ted Hardenstine and Scott Wandell," said Sherwood. "They're ready."
The Cardinals were honored before the Binghamton Rumble Ponies game on Thursday.
After throwing out the first pitch, Sherwood told 12 Sports about his decision to retire.
"I've been doing this for well over 20 years, and it was a good time to step aside," Sherwood added. "I'm still going to be a part of the program. I'm going to be in the booth during the games. More of a consultant role than an everyday type thing."
Sherwood was the Cardinals head coach for four seasons.
On November 25, 2016, Newark Valley won the Class C state championship 39-34 over Ogdensburg Free Academy.