It is with great sadness that the Coventry Jets will be heading into the 2018 season without not only one of the founding members but also former HC Gerry McManus.
Gerry’s involvement in American football in Coventry and the Midlands spans over 30 years starting as a player in his early days with the Coventry Bears then going onto helping relaunch American Football in Coventry with the Jets.
If there’s one certainty it is that Gerry’s presence on the side-line will never be replaced, the support he gave to the players and coaches a like could never be emulated which only benefited the sport.
His Record speaks for itself, which includes taking the Jets to 4 National finals claiming title in 2008 not forgetting a 32 unbeaten domestic game run (34 including European ties), This run started with 2 unbeaten seasons taking The Jets from Division 2 to the Premiership claiming the respective league, divisional and conference championships on the way. Followed by a more than respectable 9-1 record in the first premiership season.
He also took the Jets into Europe which is an achievement that will stand as a challenge to all who follow him.
The Coventry Jets will be showing their respect by wearing a shamrock on their helmets for the 2018 season and there will be a minute’s applause at our first home game against Nottingham Ceasars on 6th May 2018, kick-off 14:30.
Our thoughts are with his family.
Photo credit: Melissa Elizabeth