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Mannino to guide E&H golf; Bears' Slagle good to go

KEVIN MAYS, [email protected] • Jul 18, 2018 at 12:08 AM

Bill Mannino is the new men and women’s golf coach at Emory & Henry, the college announced Tuesday.

Mannino spent the past 11 years coaching at Hollins University.

“I am so grateful to be joining the Emory & Henry family,” Mannino said. “I am looking forward to working with the student- athletes and aim to give them a great experience on and off the course. With hard work and commitment, I know our golfers will improve quickly in the ODAC standings.”

Prior to Hollins, Mannino coached men’s golf at Temple for three years. He also has spent time as a golf professional at several clubs along the East Coast, including Roanoke Country Club.

Mannino, who earned his bachelor’s degree in English from Temple in 1997, ed the Owls to a pair of Atlantic 10 titles and was the A-10 individual champion in 1993.

Emory & Henry recently completed its second year of men’s golf following an eight-year hiatus. The Wasps played their first season of women’s golf in 2017-18.

BACK ON THE LINKS, COURT

One of Union’s top athletes is set to begin his senior year after an injury took him out of basketball season last year.

Wes Slagle, who suffered a torn ACL and an injured MCL during the Bears’ second game of season, has made a full recovery following last year’s surgery.

Slagle, who was the No. 1 player on Union’s golf team last year, said recently he’s “been playing a ton” of golf.

The Bears, then all juniors, finished third in the VHSL Class 2 golf tournament last fall. This year, they will be among the favorites to win the Region 2D championship as well as contend for the state title — particularly with it tournament being played at Lonesome Pine Country Club in Wise County.

Slagle was expected to be the team leader for the Bears on the basketball court last year, and this year will be no different.

Without Slagle, the Bears advanced to the Region 2D semifinals last season. With him this season, Union will be looking to make another deep run into the postseason.

HEADED TO EUROPE

Virginia-Wise lacrosse coach Meghan Dennehy, assistant coach Courtney Hamm and five Cavaliers players will be competing for the Tilburg Cup in Belgium later this month.

The three-day tournament in Antwerp begins July 27.

Dennehy will coach the American team, which will have a contingent of eight representing Virginia-Wise: Melanie Riley, Jessica Apgar, Lauren Donahue, McKayla Grasham, Annie Hanson, Jessie French and Sydney Steinberg and Hamm, who also is playing for the squad.

It’s the third trip to the competition for Dennehy, who was a player in 2005 in the Czech Republic before coaching in 2009 in England and Ireland.

NEW SOCCER COACHES IN BRISTOL

Virginia High has hired coaches for its soccer programs.

Kevin Wright will guide the Bearcats boys. The 2012 Virginia High graduate played soccer for the Bearcats and for King in Bristol, Tenn.

A teacher at Virginia High, this will be his first head coaching position on the high school varsity level, though he’s coached several local teams on the club level.

Justin Hayden, who was recently hired as a math teacher at Virginia Middle School, will coach girls soccer.

Hayden, a graduate of King, previously taught and coached at Bluff City Middle School.

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