My first year at The Evening Sun – and my first week – was covering the fall sports season. It was at that time that I brought myself up to speed with the recent success of Norwich varsity football. And success was a rather modest term to call the accomplishments of the Tornado at that time.
Head coach John Pluta presided over one of the best three-year runs in Norwich football history. Three division titles, two sectional championships, one regional championship, and a 20-game winning streak. His teams won nearly 30 games during that time, and it was at that point, Norwich became entrenched as one of the best football programs in Section IV.
Pluta, who led Norwich to eight division titles and three sectional championships over a 20-year span, told his team from last season that he would not be returning for a 21st campaign. After 35 years of coaching football, the last 23 at Norwich (the first three as an assistant), Pluta is moving on to the next level of football as an assistant coach on the Morrisville State football team. Pluta will serve as the defensive line coach under Morrisville head coach Terry Dow.