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Wasinger to lead MV Pirates in 2013

Posted: Thursday, Jan 24th, 2013

Manny Wasinger

MONTE VISTA—After five successful seasons as Adams State University’s assistant head football coach and offensive coordinator, Manny Wasinger was named head coach of the Class 1A Monte Vista Pirates football program for the 2013 season said Monte Vista High School Athletic Director Greg Jones on Tuesday.

In addition to his coaching duties, Wasinger is teaching physical education classes at Monte Vista High School and started that position last week.

Wasinger takes control of the Pirates, a team that made it to the quarterfinals in the Class 1A state playoffs, to continue what is already a very successful high school coaching career.

Before his 5-year stint with the Grizzlies, Wasinger spent 23 seasons as the head coach at Alamosa High School where he helped lead the Mean moose to two undefeated state titles. The titles came in 2001 and 2006 with the 2006 state championship coming on the home turf that is Al Bennet Field.

In his time at the helm of the AHS program, Wasinger’s teams compiled an impressive 190-78 record and a .709 winning percentage. They won nine league titles and reached the playoffs an impressive 20 times. The Mean Moose also made eight appearances in the state’s final four and were state runner-ups in 1995.

In 2001, Wasinger received Colorado Coach of the Year honors for all classifications from both the Denver Post & Rocky Mountain News. He was also tabbed as the Denver Broncos High School Coach of the Year after that season, which also saw him win Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News 3A Coach of the Year honors.

Wasinger also received the Colorado High School Coaches Association’s Coach of the Year award for all classifications in both 2001 and 2006 and was selected to coach in the all-state game in 2002. Locally, Wasinger was selected as the All-Valley Coach of the Year six times, most recently in 2006.

Wasinger graduated from ASU with summa cum laude honors and a 3.95 GPA in the spring of 1982 and returned to earn a secondary teaching certificate a year later after serving as a student assistant coach under Joel Swisher for the 1982 season.

Earning a bachelor’s degree in secondary education with endorsements in business and physical education, Wasinger then served as an assistant coach at AHS under Larry Basky for the 1983 and 1984 seasons before taking over the program in 1985.

He also taught business at AHS from 1983-86 before moving to Ortega Middle School, where he taught American history for 14 years. He then returned to AHS and was a weightlifting and physical education teacher for the last eight years of his tenure.

He also served as an assistant coach for both wrestling and track & field at various times with AHS.

During his 1978-81 playing career at ASU, Wasinger earned honorable mention All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference honors at the wide receiver position as a senior. He also helped lead the then Indians to a share of the RMAC title and a Boot Hill Bowl appearance as juniors in 1980.

Wasinger, who went on to earn a master’s degree in human performance and physical education at ASU in 1993, was named to the NAIA District VII All-Academic team as a senior in 1981 and earned ASU’s RMAC Scholar Athlete Award for the 1981-82 academic year.

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