After five seasons and a 2-8 2021 campaign, Jared Maners has decided to step down as head football coach at Princeton Community High School.
Maners broke the news to the public with a Facebook post-Monday that read, "Five years has flown by! I want to start by thanking PCHS for giving me the opportunity to lead their school and football program. After much consideration, I have decided to step down as the head football coach! My time here has been nothing short of amazing! I have built so many relationships that I will always cherish. Nobody understands competitive sports more than I do, and quite frankly, I didn't accomplish what I had set out to do!
"I have always understood the pressures that come with leading a program, and I have decided that it is time for a breath of fresh air for the program and myself. I wish nothing but the best for the future of Princeton football. I am looking forward to recharging my batteries and spending some much-needed quality time with my family. My kids are at a crucial part of their lives and have sacrificed their daddy more than most know! Lastly, I want to thank my wife for sticking by my side and pushing me to grow as a person and coach! I love you all. Thank you! Go Tigers"
Maners took over the Tigers Football program before the 2017 season after Waylon Schenk left PCHS to take the head coaching job at North Posey, where he remains today.
In his debut season of 2017, Maners led the Tigers to a 3-7 record followed by another 3-7 mark in 2018, a 3-9 2019 and 2-8 2020 and 2021 seasons.
He posted a 2-5 postseason record, with both of those wins coming during a 2019 playoff run that saw the Tigers defeat Owen Valley and Edgewood en route to the Class 3A Sectional 30 title game, where they were defeated 34-21 by Vincennes Lincoln.
"I am grateful for Jared's dedicated service to the football program at Princeton Community High School," PCHS athletic director Jason Engelbrecht told the Daily Clarion. "Working alongside him for the past five seasons, I have witnessed his kindness and commitment to our youth on countless occasions. I wish him and his family the best."
Maners, a father of four and husband to PCHS girls basketball head coach Brittany Maners, will focus on his family.
Meanwhile, PCHS will get to work on finding their next head football coach once his resignation is accepted by the North Gibson School Corporation.
"Administration will commence a thorough evaluation of the program effective immediately. Once Jared's resignation is accepted at the district level, we will post the position publicly," Engelbrecht said. "I believe Princeton Community High School maintains a number of qualities to attract a strong candidate field. Our facilities are second to none.
"We have a proud and passionate fan base and are realigned in a premier athletic conference that reflects our enrollment and competitive capabilities."
Whoever takes over the Tigers football program will inherit an experienced roster as the team is set to graduate just eight seniors from their 2021 roster.
Expected returnees include starting quarterback Christian Schafer who will be a junior next season; leading rusher Kaleb Ice who will be a senior and Kaiden Ice, who finished second on the team in receiving yards and will also be entering his senior year.