Maness, who is entering his 39th year coaching, will serve as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Hawks, who will run the double-wing offense. He held the same position at UCHS before leaving after his driver’s education course was cut.
The connection between Maness and Spruce Creek’s head coach Bob Goebel came from mutual friend and double-wing guru Hugh Wyatt.
“I asked Hugh if he knew an experienced coordinator. That’s when he told me about David. And with twenty-plus years of coaching, getting David is like a Lou Holtz at the high school level.” Goebel said.
However, his coaching change will not remove him totally from Union County. His wife — Anita Hart Maness — is the principal at Monarch Elementary School.
"I'll be full-time substituting here in Florida, in addition to coaching. Unless something changes, I plan to be back around Union County teaching student drivers after football is over," Maness said.
The Hawks went 1-9 last year under first-year head coach Bob Goebel. Goebel was named the head coach one week before last season began.
"We've added two new coordinators who have over 50 years experience combined," Goebel said. “Maness is a great fit because of our identical offensive philosophies and his championship experience.”