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Manning High fills one coaching vacancy, eyes two more

 

By Justin Driggers

Special Correspondent

 

Manning – It was shortly after the baseball season ended that Manning High School baseball coach Steve Crisanti resigned.

That left a total of three coaching vacancies Athletic Director Keith West had to address entering the offseason.

One of those was recently filled as Cristanti replacement was named. Now West is focused on filling the other two spots in the near future.

“We were focused on the search for a new baseball coach, and now that we have one, we can turn our full attention to track and golf,” West said.

Justin Gandy was named the new head of the baseball program. Gandy previously coached at MHS before taking the job at Chesterfield High School. He returned to Manning last season as an assistant under Crisanti.

“He’s a teacher here and was our pitching coach last year,” West said. “He’s obviously familiar with the program and the kids, so he had a lot of positives that we felt were a good fit for us.”

The track programs are also still in search of a new leader. Randy Stogner resigned just before last season began and was eventually named the new football coach at Thomas Sumter Academy. Brian Joyner filled in last season on a temporary basis.

“We’re just looking at who is going to be best for the program,” West said. “We also have a decision to make because our head boys coach has also been our head girls coach (in recent years). So we have to decide if we want to keep that going or split the job.”

The golf program is also in need of a new coach after Chris Payne departed to return to his home state.

“He was from Alabama and had lived here for a few years, but is moving back,” West said. “Our golf team has done really well the last few years and qualified for the state tournament the last two years.”

The rest of the Monarchs coaching staff will stay mostly the same with West back at the helm of the football program.

Tom Honea guides the boys cross country squad while Kim Ferrari coaches the girls. Lori Johnson heads the girls tennis team and is the head coach for the softball team as well.

The boys basketball team is under the direction of Rolondo Shuler while Darren Mazyck returns to coach the girls.

The soccer team will be under the direction of O’Neil Brown and the boys tennis team will be coached by Lin Ham.

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