Manchester High School will soon begin the search for a new varsity head football coach with the announcement on Monday of the resignation of Jason Mantell, who had been the head coach for the past three years and in 2013 guided the team to a 6-4 mark, their first winning record since 1939.
“I have accepted an Assistant Principal position at Athens High School,” Mantell said on Monday. “It was a difficult decision but ultimately the best one for my family.”
In his three years at Manchester, Mantell had orchestrated a remarkable turnaround of the varsity program, culminating in the exciting and successful 2013 campaign, in which his team set school records in wins, yards, points scored, points allowed, sacks, and forced turnovers. Mantell’s run-option offense also produced the school’s first 1,000 yard rusher in quarterback Jordan Freeman.
The varsity job was Mantell’s second go-round with the Greyhound program as he formerly worked with the junior high and freshman programs before taking over as the varsity head man.
“Rarely is a coach given the opportunity to start a program from scratch and Manchester provided that opportunity for me,” added Mantell. “After a four-year stint elsewhere, they gave me the chance to return in order to rebuild the program which was difficult and frustrating at times but in the end, amazingly rewarding.”
“I was fortunate to be surrounded by hard working young men and a knowledgeable and dedicated group of assistants. I am proud to have been part of so many milestones and I truly believe that the highest level of success for Manchester football still lies ahead.”
No word on any replacement for Mantell is yet available but the search will begin soon for the school’s administrators.
“We appreciate Coach Mantell’s efforts at Manchester,” said Manchester Athletic Director Nick Roberts. “First and foremost, we will be seeking a football coach who is a consummate professional who will strive to put our student/athletes at Manchester in the forefront in gaining not only an excellent education, but learning fundamentally sound life skills on the football field as well.”