North Lincoln football players and coaches will meet their new head coach tomorrow, and he plans to get started rebuilding the Knightsâ€™ football program immediately.
David Maness said heâ€™ll begin workouts with the team on Feb. 20, and sees potential for the Knights, who finished the 2011 season 1-10, with their lone win coming over the winless Highland Tech Rams in the seventh week of the season.
â€œI think the situation has potential, but it quite closely matches the situation at Aynor High School, where I was head coach for 22 years,â€ Maness said. â€œIâ€™ve done some building and rebuilding. Aynorâ€™s record was almost identical to North Lincolnâ€™s when I came in, and Carvers Bay had never been a traditional football power, but there were a lot of athletes at those schools. I had a good bit of success at those schools, and I was ready to get back to being a head coach again, but I was waiting for the right job.â€
Maness won a South Carolina 2AA title with Carvers Bay High School in 2002 as an offensive coordinator. He said he got out of the head coaching game as his children started their collegiate athletic careers.
â€œMy two children were both very accomplished golfers, and I backed away from being a head coach after my sonâ€™s senior year so I could watch him play in college,â€ Maness said.
â€œMy son was a golfer at University of South Carolina and my daughter, who is six years younger, went to Coastal Carolina on a golf scholarship.
â€œWhen they both finished their eligibility I started looking for particular types of situations, not just a head coach just to be a head coach, but a situation that I was interested in.â€
Maness said there were several football fundamentals that his teams have to be able to do.
â€œI like to run the football, and Iâ€™ve been successful at doing it,â€ he said.
â€œThere are a couple of things I believe in. I think regardless of how you line up, it has to be something that fits your personnel, and it has to be something that gives the youngsters the best opportunity to be successful.
â€œYou canâ€™t turn the ball over, and you have to be sound in the kicking game. Within those parameters, Iâ€™ve been in a lot of different offenses. We won the state championship at Carverâ€™s Bay running the I-formation. We played for two state championships at Aynor out of the wishbone.â€
Maness said he hopes to avoid the costly turnovers which plagued North Lincoln last year, strengthen the kicking game and improve tackling.