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Update: Middleton assistant and former SPC coach Mancuso fired

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Wed. September 30, 2009 | Eduardo A. Encina

Middleton assistant football coach Dan Mancuso was relieved of his duties Monday by school administration, Tigers head coach Jason Stokes confirmed.

Stokes wouldn't say why Mancuso, a former SPC head coach from 1995-2006 whom Stokes hired this year to be his offensive coordinator, was fired. Middleton AD Derrick Gaines said Wednesday afternoon that the move was made as a result of a difference in coaching philosophies. Mancuso was a volunteer assistant.

Middleton lost to Robinson 47-0 Friday, held to 53 yards total offense and zero first downs. 

"As an administration, we have to support the philosophies of the head coach," Gaines said.

Mancuso is the second Hillsborough County assistant out of his position since Friday. Alonso defensive coordinator Dale Rude was barred from coaching in the second half Friday at Hillsborough for using inappropriate language. Rude abruptly quit and was escorted from the stadium and Ravens head coach Mike Heldt was suspended for two weeks by Alonso administrators, citing the head coach is responsible for the actions of his players and staff.

Gaines said Mancuso's firing was has nothing to do with inappropriate language. He however did say there was some cursing on the sideline during Friday's game against Robinson, but he has addressed it with Stokes.

Stokes said he will promote assistant Dave Mahoney to be the Tigers' new offensive coordinator. Mahoney was Stokes' defensive coordinator last season at Bloomingdale and was Middleton's defensive end/outside linebackers coach.

"It's going to be a whole new offense so it will shake some things up," said Stokes, whose team will now run a double-back veer offense he saw success with at Bloomingdale. "But I think kids are resilient. They will be OK."

The Tigers face district foe Lennard this week.

Mancuso, who was 71-51 at SPC, resigned from SPC in 2006 after the FHSAA fined the Barons $13,000 and banned them from the postseason for three years for recruiting violations and illegal practices.

(Photo: Middleton offensive coordinator Dan Mancuso, seen here coaching at SPC in 2006, was fired Monday by school administration)

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