ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Less than two months from the start of the Empire’s season, the team no longer has a coaching staff. Rob Keefe announced his resignation as the head coach in a Monday morning tweet.
He told News10 ABC that he and the front office had different visions for the franchise.
Coach Keefe led the Empire to a 22-7 record over two seasons and won an Arena Bowl Championship in 2019. His resignation comes less than a week after assistant head coach and general manager Les Moss left the team to take a head coaching job in Iowa.
Empire co-owner Ron Tridico told News10 ABC he expects to sign a new head coach and general manager quickly, and is not concerned about getting a roster together in time. He added the season, which was supposed to kick off May 22, will be delayed a week with the opener set for May 29.