Manville Out as Frankfort Coach

FRANKFORT – After seven seasons at the helm of Frankfort’s boys basketball program, Reggie Manville is out of a job, the longtime coach confirmed Thursday evening.

Manville, 71, says he met with Frankfort superintendent Jeff Tousley and high school principal Matt Stapleton on Wednesday and was informed that he would not receive another contract. Manville, who was not given a reason for the decision, was on a yearly contract.

Stapleton and athletic director Dave Jackson could not be reached for comment Thursday.

“The last few years, we filled the place up a few times,” Manville said. “We had a lot of great kids. I really enjoyed that. Really supportive parents. The community has been really supportive, so a lot of positive things.”

Frankfort went 20-3 in 2017-18, falling to Suttons Bay in a Class D district final.

Manville took over Frankfort’s program in 2011, leading the Panthers to a Class D regional championship in his second season in 2012-13. Manville’s teams won five district and three regional titles as well as three Northwest Conference championships over seven seasons. His Panthers posted four 20-win campaigns and were a Class D semifinalist in 2014, falling to eventual state champion Southfield Christian. Manville’s teams went 129-41.

A former Associated Press and Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan Coach of the Year honoree, he began his coaching career as the JV coach at Ypsilanti Roosevelt in 1968. He later served as an assistant at Flint Northern before securing his first varsity head coaching position at Flint Southwestern in 1984. Manville retired from teaching and coaching in 1997 but got back in game for the 2002-2003 season with the Big Rapids boys.

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