FREDERICKTOWN — After 11 years, Kirk Manns believes the time has come for another opportunity.
Manns is leaving Fredericktown to accept the role of athletic director at Mansfield Madison.
The move is pending approval by the Madison Board of Education on April 27.
He was chosen out of more than 50 applicants.
“This is such an exciting opportunity,” Manns told the News. “This is a brand new challenge that I’m ready to face.”
Kirk Manns has been athletic director at Fredericktown High School since 2000. He has since also taken the roles as boys basketball coach, assistant principal and dean of students.
When he first arrived at Fredericktown, he had a mission for the school.
“I used Marion Pleasant as a model,” Manns said. “At the time, they were on top in just about every sport. I wanted to use that school as an example.”
One year after he was hired, Manns took over as boys basketball coach, a job he has treasured.
“I’m going to miss the kids,” Manns said. “I’ve developed a lot of great relationships over the years. I’ve been involved in a lot of young people’s lives. It’s that interaction I’m going to miss.”
He earned his temporary principal’s certificate in 2007.
Manns’ new position at Mansfield Madison is that of full-time athletic and activities director. There are no plans for him to coach — yet.
He’s expected to begin his new position early this summer.
“I have to make sure everything is taken care of here,” Manns said. “I’m anxious to get started.”
There has been no word yet on a replacement for Manns at Fredericktown.
“I don’t expect to be asked,” Manns said. “However, if my suggestion is warranted, then I’ll be happy to contribute.”