Damien Rhodes was just named as the new varsity football head coach at Fayettville-Manlius, this after spending five years as an assistant at his alma mater. As a player, he led the Hornets to its last Section III Class AA title in 2001 before a distinguished college career at Syracuse University.
continued After graduating from SU in 2006, Rhodes briefly saw time in the professional ranks with the NFL’s Houston Texans and the Berlin Thunder of NFL Europe.
Shortly after, Rhodes was back in the F-M program, helping the Hornets reach the sectional semifinals each of the last three season, and starting on the path that would lead to his taking over the Hornets as one of the youngest varsity head coaches in Central New York.
“This is my chance to now give back and say thank you,” Rhodes said. “I want this program to be the standard of football in the state. I want the community to continue to have something it can take pride in.”