Burnside to coach Terriers

MOORE HAVEN — Moore Haven assistant coach Brent Burnside has been named the new head football coach of the Terriers for the upcoming 2019 season.

Former coach Max Manin has accepted a position as an assistant football coach at St. Augustine High School and moved on from the program.

“Coach Burnside was instrumental in our success over the last two years,” said Manin of his successor. “He’s a true student of the game and is a tireless worker. I was so happy to hear he got the job. I know he’ll do a great job, and the kids are lucky to have him.”

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Former Terrier head coach Max Manin at a student athlete signing day in 2017 at MHHS. Manin thinks new Terriers coach Brent Burnside is the perfect person to take over coaching duties at Moore Haven.

During Manin’s two-year tenure, the Terriers achieved a record of 19-3, including an undefeated regular season in 2017. The team also made playoff appearances in both years. Burnside has plenty of football chops to back up Manin’s glowing endorsement of him. In addition to being the defensive coordinator for the Terriers under Manin, Burnside was also recently announced as head coach of the Gulf Coast Fire arena football team, whose season stretches from May to July.

Burnside played football at the collegiate level and attended Missouri Western State from 1996-’99 where he was named first team all conference defensive back.

“I am very excited for this opportunity and I am thankful to the administration here at Moore Haven for trusting me with this great responsibility,” said Burnside of his new role. “I am hoping to continue the recent winning traditions that this program has represented over the last few years. Max Manin did a wonderful job over the last two years of steering this program in the right direction. I can only hope to keep it on track.”

There shouldn’t be too many drastic changes between the two coaches, but Burnside also says that his squad will have a tougher road ahead of them due to the success the team has had the past two years.”

“Not much will change, but I do plan on putting my stamp on the program,” Burnside explained. “Football around the lake is traditionally hard-nosed, and our team will be prepared each week to endure that. Because of our recent successes we will be playing a tough schedule, as far as our program is concerned, and we will have to jump up a few classifications to get our schedule filled. The kids are excited, I am excited; exciting times for Terrier football.”

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