Manns Jr. to aid dad with Seymour hoops

Kirk Manns Jr., son of the Seymour High athletic director and boys basketball coach, will perform his student teaching at the school in the fall and become an assistant coach for his father, Kirk Sr., in the winter.

“I’m really excited about it,” Manns Jr. said of the chance to work closely with his dad for a season.

The 22-year-old, who attended high school in Ohio, is scheduled to begin student teaching at Seymour in health and physical education, and the coaching opportunity will accompany it. He is scheduled to graduate from Indiana University in December.

“We’re going to be working together part of the time,” the elder Manns said. “I am looking forward to it.”

As most fathers would. The 2019-20 season was Manns’ first as head coach. The Owls finished 8-15.

The reason an opening was available is because Randy Fife stepped down. He is still coaching the boys cross country and track and field teams.

Manns Jr. said he aspires to become a teacher and a coach for his career and said it will be intriguing to be around his father on the basketball court as a member of his staff, seeing another side of him up close.

When Manns Jr. was young, he said his father was his basketball mentor.

“Growing up, he always coached me,” Manns Jr. said.

He picked up many pointers from his father as a young player and now will have the chance to gain more sophisticated knowledge studying offenses and defenses.

“I’m looking forward to learning from him,” Manns Jr. said.