Today the Orlando Phantoms announced a decision that has been many weeks in the making. Marcus Manuel, former head coach of the Osceola Ravens will take over as head coach of the Orlando Phantoms for the 2017 season. This is a big announcement considering many were wondering how the Phantoms would deal with the departure of Michael Torres.
General Manager Stefan Gilliam commented on the move. “With our Head Coach and Owner Michael Torres going to coach in Australia for the summer, the Phantoms needed someone to steer the organization who could be trusted to uphold the high standards that come with Phantom football. We believe coach Manuel will lead the Phantoms well and keep alive our championship tradition.”
“Coach Marcus was an ideal fit for our team,” added Owner Michael Torres. “With the structure that we have available to him, he will have everything he needs. We are glad that he has traded his purple for some Orange and White!”
A new head coach isn’t the only change taking place on the Phantoms coaching staff. Former Orlando Rage coach Bill Verling will also be joining the Phantoms as a member of coach Manuel’s staff.
Coach Manuel will take over duties as head coach for the Phantoms immediately and will be ready to evaluate talent with the Phantoms upcoming tryouts August 27th. Coach Manuel brings along with him some other members of the Osceola Ravens, including coach David Dye, and Coach Melvin Byrd. Offensive Coordinator Josh Rose will be stepping down from his coaching role, and plans to join the team as a player once again in 2017, and coach Sebastian Dixon will remain on board as a member of the Phantoms defensive coaching staff.