Foothill coach Mannion leaving for Oregon

Foothill High co-head football coach and athletic director John Mannion has accepted an offer to to become the coach at Silverton High in Silverton, Oreg.

“It’s a unique opportunity for me at this point in my career,” Mannion said. “It’s bittersweet because it was a tough decision to leave Foothill, but I am looking forward to it.”

Mannion joined the staff at Foothill in 1996 and coached under Matt Sweeney until 2007, when Mannion served as the head coach. For the past two seasons, Sweeney and Mannion have shared the head coaching duties.

“I’ve been blessed to work with Matt and the staff at Foothill for so many years,” Mannion said. “It really prepared me for this opportunity.”

Silverton is about 50 miles from the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis, where Mannion’s son, Sean, is set to begin his college football career in the Fall. However, Mannion said the proximity to Corvallis wasn’t a main factor in the decision.

Mannion also has three younger children, including his daughter Katie who is a sophomore on the softball team at Foothill. He said his wife, Inga, is looking at potentially teaching at a middle school in Silverton.

“He is one of the pillars at Foothill so this is a big loss for us,” Sweeney said. “Other than my immediate family, I’ve spent more time with John than anyone over the past 14 years. We did everything together.”

Sweeney originally offered Mannion a job on the varsity football staff after the 1993 season, but didn’t join the staff until 1996 after he took a job a social studies teacher at the school. The previous two years he taught at crosstown rival Amador Valley.

The Foxes went 4-6 last season and compete in the Oregon’s second-largest division — 5A. Silverton’s enrollment is about 1,250 students, while the city’s population is only about 9,600.

Kyle Bonagura

Kyle Bonagura is a Pleasanton-based prep sports writer for the Bay Area Newsgroup-East Bay.

  • brandonbeard

    That is great for he and his family, and he can at least keep a eye on his sons career since he won’t be far away. I am sure it’s hard to coach high school and focus on that while your Son or daughter is competing on the college level in any sport.

  • ManO’War

    This is a great guy who will greatly benefit his new community. Family first, for sure, and he has found a great way to blend his great talents also here, awesome. He is a great giver, Pleasanton will miss him and family, ouch, but he’s off to continue to do what he does so well, helping and teaching others as well as being a great Dad and leader. He’s an EBAL Hall of Famer, if not more.

  • Prep Fan2

    mixes up the EBAL a lil bit more

    Foothill- loses mannion returns rowland
    Amador- loses the most, future bright or not?
    Cal- loses qb, reggie ‘all star alright’ davis
    SRV- looks to be good with mitty on that schedule
    MV- also huge loss nottingham, actually loses the most seniors and impact players, but returns mcgovern
    granada still has the atkinson brothers but thats up in the air
    livermore got a new coach and will make some noise?
    de la salle loses to tony sanchez’ bishop gorman?

    i think MV/foothill a little down, amador too. SRV, Cal up top behind DLS?


    i agree srv should be up with that young qb, what else do they have returning?…what does cal return other than alvarez that has them up?

    What does AV return, losing their QB will hurt? Does MV have another QB in waitings?

  • KillerD

    The EBAL almost always has been the top league in norcal the past several years, but chatter has it that other than DLS, the rest of this year’s EBAL might be a bit down compared to last few years.

    It is very early but what does the 2010 season look like for strengths and weaknesses for these teams?

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    Cal High