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Manchester College football

coach Dave Harms resigns

NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. (Nov. 17, 2003) - Manchester College head football coach Dave Harms has resigned, effective at the end of his contract, Dec. 31.  "It is time for a change," said Harms, who has 23 years of coaching experience. "It's time to move on in my football career."  He tendered his resignation today.

Manchester Director of Athletics Thomas S. Jarman praised Harms as a coach who places the well-being of his student athletes above all other considerations. "He has directed our football program with complete integrity and great competitiveness. He has affected not only his student athletes but the lives of his fellow coaches, the faculty and staff of Manchester College and the greater community with inspirational teaching, coaching and leadership."

Jarman noted that Harms has been the consummate team player while at Manchester, "willing to share his resources with other coaches and programs in a time when that kind of generosity is a rarity. He has supported many programs at the college and the community with great enthusiasm."

Harms comes off a 2-8 season with the Spartans, and a 27-63 record with the NCAA Division III team in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC).

Manchester President Parker G. Marden said the college has accepted Harms' resignation "with true regret. Dave Harms is one of the best human beings I know. He offered his resignation because he places other interests over his own, and I respect that greatly."

Jarman will begin immediately to seek a replacement, mindful of the need to continue the student-athlete recruiting process and to maintain team confidence in the off-season. Manchester is losing only seven players to graduation next spring; about fifty players will return to the squad, Jarman said.

Prior to joining the Spartan leadership in 1995, Harms coached at Valparaiso University, Upper Iowa University and Northeast Missouri State. A 1980 graduate of Drake University, his first job was coaching Mingo High School in Iowa.

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