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St. Jude football coach Manora resigns

12:00 AM, Jan. 30, 2013 EST

Wade Manora was 17-18 in three seasons at St. Jude. Nine of the losses were by forfeit. / MICKEY WELSH/ADVERTISER FILE

St. Jude football coach Wade Manora has tendered his resignation, City of St. Jude Executive Director Douglas Watson confirmed Tuesday.

Manora's resignation, which he announced to the team last week, is effective March 1, Watson said.

"Coach Manora will be stepping down in a couple of weeks," Watson said. "He has some health issues, which is what he told us and the football team, and he didn't feel he would be as effective in his position."

Manora completed his third season with a 7-5 record that concluded with a 46-0 loss to Linden in the second round of Class 1A playoffs.

Manora's three-year record at St. Jude was 17-18 after being forced to forfeit one of its wins from the 2010 season and all eight of its wins from the 2011 season.

The school also was placed on a one-year probation by the Alabama High School Athletic Association following an Aug. 16 Montgomery Advertiser article that first reported the school's use of three ineligible players.

Also, the last two national signing days, Manora publicized St. Jude players as signing scholarships to schools that did not offer the players scholarships.

Manora also was demoted from his position as athletic director, which now is held by James Skipper.

Following the playoff loss to Linden on Nov. 16, Manora was asked if the season had been disappointing because of the sanctions and the number of players transferring from St. Jude. Manora said it wasn't, and that he was thankful for the support the Pirates received.

"A lot of our fans came together," Manora said. "We had to play a lot of young guys. I'm happy with the way this team performed. I think we did really well to get this far. And I'm really thankful for the fans and the support we received."




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