Excerpt from article in the Richlands News-Press dated 6/11/97
"Mance's biggest concern is bringing stability to the program, which has fielded four coaching changes in Mance' seven years.
"I didn't want to see some outsider come in and take over the program for two or three years and then move on," Mance said. "Hopefully, I plan to be in this for the long haul, but those wins are what makes the difference."
"One key to Mance' success as a coach will be his familiarity with the students at Richlands High.
"I've had about every student at Richlands High School at one time or another by teaching phys-ed at Richlands Middle School," said Mance.
Woodrow Mullins, Tazewell County Public School superintendent, believes Mance' on-and off-the field performances of the last seven years have created a strong coach for Richlands.
"I have complete confidence in him as a head coach," said Mullins. "Every kid he's ever had in class or on the field loves him."
Mullins said the record Mance has established was one basis for hiring him as the coach.
"He's motivated, and he's held in high regard based on all his teaching experience," said Mullins.
Assistant Coaching Staff JV- Craig Barber, Pete Ball
Varsity Staff- John Hammond, Doug Addison, Dennis Palmer
Last year record (96) 4-6
District record 2-2
Lettermen returning: 9
Lettermen lost: 13
Info when Mance took over as coach in 97.
1997 AA Region IV Football Divisions
School Enrollment Grades 10-12
Carroll County 922
Magna Vista 585
Patrick Co 575
Virginia Hi 574
Gate City 465
Laurel Park 407