Roudybush resigns; Manin becomes interim football coach

In a whirlwind couple of days, Moore Haven lost its football coach and then quickly rebounded to name a top assistant to the job.

Richard Roudybush stepped aside after two successful years with identical (7-3) records. The Terriers didn’t qualify for the post season in either year but were still among the better teams in their classification in the state.

“This is a family based decision,” Roudybush said, “My wife got a promotion at work and I got an opportunity to join a company in the private sector. I’ll be able to help out a little more at home.”

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New Moore Haven football coach Max Manin takes over as Richard Roudybush resigns.

He also is a new father and wants to spend more time with his now seven-month-old son. “I’m not leaving to coach anywhere else, and I’m not leaving because I want to. At this point I couldn’t be a great father, a great husband and a great football coach.”

He told the kids in person last week and thanked them, the parents and the community, for the support they’ve shown.

“I had great relations with the kids. I think they should have a great year this year. I could speak volumes about how great a community this is and how much the people care,” he added. Roudybush said he was most proud of the fact that his kids always played hard and played together. He said he felt they were in great hands with the next coaching staff.

“I know they will do what is right and will take care of business,” he added.

Max Manin was promoted from defensive coordinator to interim Head Coach on July 11. He also is the Terriers baseball coach, a team that took tremendous strides this past year.

Manin came to Moore Haven two years ago from Ohio University. He served as a student assistant there and moved on to be the defensive backs coach at Missouri University of Science and Technology. He also coached at E.O Smith High School in Connecticut.

Manin said he is extremely excited to work with the kids, work with the staff, and have the opportunity to be a head coach.

“I think it’s an unbelievable advantage to have known the kids for two years and to have built rapport with them. I understand their strengths and weakness and I know how to motivate each kid,” he added.

Manin said there could be some staff changes. The new offensive coordinator is Chris Cook who coached before at Hardee High and Sebring High. Manin has some candidates to become defensive coordinator but will keep open the possibility that he could serve in that capacity. “We won’t do anything dramatically different (on the field) and will continue to do what has been successful. We will line up and play disciplined high effort football. I don’t see this as a drastic change but the next step in the program.”

Manin inherits a team with a number of solid seniors to build around. John Cox, Alduvar Gary Sr, Eric Hunter, Billy Rednour, Deshon Ross and Brooks Bass will provide plenty of leadership. The younger players respect and look up to the senior class.

There are also younger players ready to step in like Danye Washington. Manin said Coach Roudybush did a great job of establishing rules and expectations for the kids. He said his goal is just to continue what Roudybush started. “There isn’t any need to reinvent the wheel. My goal is to keep it as consistent as possible with high effort, mistake free football,” he added. The offense will still be balanced and will try to take advantage of Moore Haven speed in open spaces.

“That is what we do. We try to get our athletes in space. If we get guys on the edge we will be successful,” he added. Cox, Gary and Ross have gotten looks from colleges this summer. Sean Cowen a 2017 graduate, will attend Heidelberg University and play Division III football.

Fall football practice begins on July 31. The Terriers will host Gateway Charter School in an exhibition game on August 18.

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