110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
posted Nov 30, 2012 - 6:04:45pm
DeLand High School Athletic Director Paul Ryder announced today, Friday, Nov. 30, that Bulldog head football coach Al Manning has resigned.
During the 2012 season, Manning had an "interim coach" tag when he took over the team on short notice last spring. His efforts produced a District Class 8A championship, sending the ’Dogs into the state football playoffs, where DeLand lost.
The Bulldogs were the lone team to defeat Neptune Beach Fletcher during the regular season, with the Senators improving to 11-1, with wins over previously undefeated Lake Brantley and the Sanford Seminoles in the state playoffs. Fletcher is to face the Apopka Blue Darters today, Nov. 30, with a win putting them in the Class 8A Final Four.
Apparently, Manning was interested in having the "interim" tag removed from his name, and DHS Principal Mitch Moyer was unable to do that at this time.
Problems with money on the Volusia County School District level have many hands tied. It is a two-headed monster for DeLand at this time, as not only does there need to be a decision about football, but also about girls' volleyball, with veteran coach Debbie Rawlins stepping down several weeks ago.
Manning was to tell his players of his decision at a meeting this afternoon. He has agreed to stay with the program and assist wherever possible.
Apparently, any additional changes will be on the back burner until there is some sort of a district financial decision. That could well mean that Manning will have an opportunity to apply for the head coaching job, but no word from him if that would be a possibility.
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