CHESAPEAKE CITY — The Cecil County sidelines will be missing a familiar figure on Friday nights.
Joe Graf announced on Twitter Friday afternoon that he has stepped down as coach of the Bohemia Manor football team after seven years, including the last three seasons at the helm.
"I'd like to take a second to thank everyone that has supported Bo Manor football and myself [over] the last three years I was the head coach," Graf wrote. "I will always bleed Bo Manor football."
Graf compiled a 19-14 record during his tenure as head coach, including a pair of trips to the postseason. In 2017, he guided the Eagles to a runner-up finish in the Susquehanna Division and a berth in the 1A East Region Championship.
Prior to taking over the program, Graf spent four years as offensive coordinator under long-time Bo Manor head coach Todd Shives. He also spent time as assistant coach at nearby Elkton High and started at quarterback for the Eagles' only football championship in 2002.
"He was a no-brainer when Todd Shives stepped down after 20 years as head coach. Joe was the heir apparent. The fact he was on that 2002 team, was one of the better athletes to ever come through the building, and had experience at not only Bo Manor but also at Elkton with [former coach] Sean Lenz. He did a great job with that," Bo Manor athletic director Bruce Kline said Friday. "There really wasn't a hiccup between a 20-year coach and a first-time head coach stepping in. He put his face on it but didn't change a whole lot.
"We always talk about the Bo Manor family. He's obviously a part of that."
Graf also reported on Twitter that current Eagles assistant Vince Ricci will be succeeding him as head coach.
"He played college ball, he's been a part of the program for three years," Kline said of Ricci. "Continuity is a big thing for me. I think that helps any program when the kids come in and they're familiar with what's happened and what will be going on."
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