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Ryam McManus spent the last four seasons at Winston-Salem State.

Winston-Salem State has lost another assistant football coach.

Quarterbacks coach Ryan McManus has left to become an assistant at East Carolina.

McManus, a Wake Forest graduate who was a reserve quarterback for the Deacons, has been at WSSU for the last four seasons. McManus will become a senior offensive analyst at East Carolina.

“This was an opportunity I had to take so I’m excited about it,” said McManus, who was also the WSSU men’s golf coach this spring after the program was resurrected.

The Rams also lost veteran coaches Natrone Means and Tremayne Henry this month. Means is the new offensive coordinator at Fayetteville State, and Henry is the defensive coordinator and associate head coach at Benedict College.

This means the football program is down to three fulltime coaches: Robert Massey, the interim head coach; offensive coordinator Lawrence Kershaw; and defensive assistant Marvin Bohannon Jr.

The Rams were supposed to start spring football practice on Wednesday but all spring sports have been suspended because of novel coronavirus.

McManus, who started at East Carolina this week, was not only the quarterbacks coach but helped call plays as co-offensive coordinator for two seasons. The Rams in 2016 went 9-3, won the CIAA championship and played in the Division II playoffs.

“The four seasons went by fast,” said McManus, 32. “In that year in 2016 we won eight straight games at one point and that was a great run and Rod (Tinsley) really came into his own that season.”

McManus said he also was proud of the way quarterback Dominique Graves played as a freshman late in 2018 when he had to replace an injured Tinsley. Graves will be a junior in 2020.

“Dom’s going to have a great season, and he’s a great ambassador for Winston-Salem State,” McManus said.

McManus and his family will move to his native Greenville in the next two months or so. McManus’ father, Jerry, is a former coach at East Carolina and at Wake Forest.

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