Narbonne High School has a new football coach. Former Banning JV coach Malcolm Manuel has been hired at the school, per a press release from the Los Angeles Unified School District.

The Narbonne job has officially been vacant since February, when Manny Douglas resigned following a months-long LAUSD investigation into the football program. The investigation concluded that the program violated CIF eligibility rules by allowing an ineligible player to participate in the 2018 playoffs.

As a result of the investigation, Narbonne was banned from the 2019 playoffs as well as the 2020 postseason. Narbonne’s athletic department has also been placed on probation through the 2022-23 school year. Multiple underclassmen football players have transferred out of the school following Douglas’ departure and the sanctions levied against the school.

Douglas has since been hired to coach at St. Bernard.

Manuel knows he is taking over a program with many question marks, but he says he’s ready for the challenge.

“I’m not sure what we have coming back yet, until I see it on paper,” Manuel said in a phone call on Monday. “But I’m really excited. I’m enthusiastic about it. I haven’t been able to take a seat for the last two hours.”

After graduating in 2011 from Cabrillo High School in Long Beach, Manuel played football at Golden West College. He finished up his college career playing at Montana State University – Northern. He’s spent the last three and a half years coaching JV football at Banning.

Manuel’s hiring comes after he had the job offer rescinded by Narbonne administrators in April. He says that occurred due to an issue with paperwork that has since been resolved.

“I had to take care of some paperwork and once I did it, I was confident I would get the job because they hadn’t made a hire at that point,” Manuel said.

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