Chris Manley, West Stokes athletic director for the past six years, announced he’ll be stepping down from his position effective June 15.
“I want to focus on being a better teacher and coach. I love West Stokes and the coaches, teachers, staff and students. I’m one of the few remaining originals from 1999. Mr. Spainhour has supported me in every way possible to allow me to do this job right and I appreciate him for that,” Manley said.
During his time, the Wildcats have won numerous accolades on the regional and state level. As the ladies head soccer coach, he led his teams to six conference titles, two western regional championships, two state playoff appearances and a 2A state title in 2014.
He’s been voted conference coach of the year 12 times, regional coach of the year three times and has an overall winning record of 300-107-19.
Principal Kevin Spainhour said Manley has been a pillar for West Stokes athletics throughout the past six years.
“His dedication, loyalty and work ethic are well-respected, not only by our coaches, but others in the athletic circles. The job of a high school AD never stops. Coach Manley has worked tirelessly to ensure our facilities are well-kept, our coaches prepared and our student needs were met to compete at a high level across all sports. Personally, I’m grateful for his patience as we both entered leadership roles at the same time six years ago. We grew into our respective jobs knowing that our main focus would always come down to what is best for the kids. He has a passion for West Stokes and that will be hard to replicate.”
Manley plans to remain at the school and continue teaching and coaching.
“I’m going to miss being a part of the bigger picture of athletics, which keeps many kids in school and performing in the classroom. I admire what our coaches do for our kids. I wish they were more appreciated for the time and effort they invest in other people’s children. It takes a special person to do that for minimal pay.”
The athletic director’s position will post following the April 16 school board meeting.
“We understand this is a critical piece of our puzzle and finding the best candidate needs to start right away,” Spainhour said.
Robert Money can be reached at 336-749-1193.