Dawning of new era at Edmond Santa Fe
‘Go score!’ If I heard it once, I heard it 100 times Wednesday afternoon at spring practice for Edmond Santa Fe. Anytime a player turned upfield, ‘go score.’
The Wolves feel like they’ve scored in getting Lance Manning as head coach and Kenny Young as the defensive coordinator. Manning is the former coach at Norman North, while Young has been leading Bishop McGuinness the last 10 years.
Now they’re back, a ‘superpower’ coaching staff. And reunited, too. Had no idea, but Young and Manning were assistants together at Putnam City West for four years in the late 1990s under Dennis Millican.
Manning went to Deer Creek and Young to the Irish, and the rest is history. Young was totally content to sit out this football season. He had received a few phone calls but nothing that had him re-thinking his situation.
However, when Manning approached him before spring break, he listened. They met during spring break, and bam, the Wolves had two of the more high profile coaches in the area under their banner.
There is a lot of talent at Santa Fe. You know I’ve harped on it before, but that team was just too dang young and inexperienced the last couple of years. The young pups have grown up.
Team took a big hit with QB Ty Hensley not coming back. Totally understandable and no hard feelings. Heck, Manning said Hensley is more than welcome to be on the sidelines for the games. Hensley has a lot on the line in terms of his pitching future, made sense.
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