July 21 • 10:41 PM

Manney to take helm as Capac football coach

July 11, 2007
CAPAC — Not too long from now, when the high school varsity gridiron campaign kicks off, there will be a familiar face in charge of making the calls from the Capac sideline.

That is because Tom Manney, who has helped out with the program in numerous roles over the past nine years, was named to the position recently.

He replaces Bill Nestle, who stepped down from the post at the completion of last season.

"To tell you the truth I didn't expect the job to be open," Manney said. "When I learned that it was, I decided to apply for the position," he noted.

Heading into the upcoming campaign, Manney (who inherits a team that amassed a 2-7 overall mark a year ago) isn't about to make any bold predictions as to how his ballclub will fare this fall in what should shape up as highly competive Blue Water Area Conference.

He knows that his squad will have to come to play each Friday night, regardless of who the opponent is if they are to prevail.

"The teams in the league are all pretty good. We know we will have to bring our best to the field if we are to have success there."

"The league has produced some good champions through the years. I expect this year to be the same."

Manney said he is starting to get familiar with the cast of athletes that will comprise the 2007 edition of the Capac varsity football team.

In particular, the junior class is what he knows best. That is because he has seen them progress as their coach during the last four seasons.

"I think I have a pretty good pulse on what personnel we have available and where they are likely to play. I am not going to come in and start assigning new positions to them."

Manney said he intends to stay with many of the same schemes, namely a 5-2 defense and a spread offense, which his predecessor opted to utilize.

"There may be some changes," Manney said. "However, those changes should be minor ones," he emphasized.

Manney said his focus will stay primarily with the offense as it has in the past. C.J. Pietrzak will concentrate on the defensive play calling and Mike Rosas will help both of them.

The trio will form the entire Capac varsity coaching staff.

They know the assignment ahead of them is a tough one, given the limited staff they have which was necessitated by school budget trimming measures.

"It will be difficult but we plan to go at it with all we have," Manney said. "We are all going to work together and hope for the best," he noted.

Sports Editor, Kevin Kissane has been covering sports for the Tri-City Times for over 20 years and is one of the most recognizable personalities in the area. Kevin when not covering anything from little league baseball to football, or softball to basketball, can be found on the links playing his favorite sport, golf.
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