By Robert Przybylo
Update: I’ve heard from Manning. He’s pumped. He’s ready. You can read a lot more in Tuesday’s paper. And I’ll chime in with my thoughts Tuesday (if anybody cares).
Still waiting to hear from Manning:
EDMOND — There were so many applicants that Edmond athletic director Mike Nunley stopped counting.
But in the end, he feels Edmond Public Schools has found the right man. Lance Manning, who has coached Norman North the last six seasons, was approved to become the new Edmond Santa Fe football coach Monday night by the Edmond School Board.
“He has the experience and knowledge of how to run a football program,” Nunley said. “He has a tremendous work ethic, and he makes a strong impact in kids’ lives.”
And he won’t have to move. Manning lives in Edmond and now won’t have to travel to Norman.
Nunley said the choice was difficult because of all the quality candidates. He said there were around 90 applicants from seven different states.
“Lance met all our criteria, and we think is a great hire for Edmond Public Schools, and he’ll fit right in at Santa Fe,” Nunley said.
Manning is 56-52 in his 10 years as a head coach, and the Timberwolves were 3-7 last season.
Manning is replacing former coach Bruce Gowen, who resigned after this season. Gowen was 4-16 in his two years with the Wolves, including a 1-9 record in 2010.