GREENFIELD — When Jared Manning began his masters’ studies seven years ago, he began to realize that one day he’d like to become an athletic director.
There was only one problem: He didn’t want to leave home.
A 1999 Greenfield-Central graduate, Manning played soccer at Franklin College for two years before transferring to Purdue and earning his undergraduate degree in physical education. Manning was hired fresh out of Purdue in 2004 to teach wellness at Greenfield Middle School.
With Kevin Horrigan and Doug Laker entrenched as the high school and junior high athletic director in the corporation at the time, Manning – who garnered his masters in educational administration from Ball State in 2012 – began looking at other available administrative positions in the school system.
Then, the Cougars’ athletic landscape was altered last Friday.
That afternoon, Horrigan emailed his coaches to notify them of his decision to retire at the end of the school year. Horrigan’s retirement was authorized by the Greenfield-Central School Board Monday evening. At that same meeting, Manning was approved as Horrigan’s successor.
“When this job presented itself…it’s one of those positions that doesn’t come along often. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime deal. I had to jump on it,” said Manning, presently an eighth-grade wellness teacher at G-C Junior High School. “I graduated from here. This is where I got my first teaching job, my first coaching experience. This is where I want to be. I didn’t apply anywhere else. I didn’t look anywhere else. I had people telling me there were jobs open other places – it didn’t interest me. This is where I want to be. This is where I want to continue my career.”