The Mercury has learned that Manhattan High boys’ tennis coach Chuck Kipp has accepted a job as an assistant principal at Garden City High School and will not be back as boys’ tennis coach in 2014.
Kipp, who took over for Bob Kelly, just completed his second season as head coach. With junior varsity coach Jared Waller also leaving the district, athletic director Mike Marsh will not have the option of promoting from within the current coaching staff.
Both Kipp and Marsh were unavailable to comment Saturday.
Whoever inherits the program will be in decent shape, as the team just sent five of its six varsity players to state, but loses only Jake Seaton to graduation. State qualifiers JT Turnley, Kirkland Lambert, Ben and Matt Turnley all return, with several other key pieces also coming back.