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Manego, 1958 XU grad and two-sport athlete, dies at 77

May 2, 2013

     NEW ORLEANS — Cirilo Manego, a 1958 Xavier University of Louisiana graduate and a member of the XU men's basketball and baseball teams, died Sunday (April 28, 2013) in New Orleans after a brain hemorrhage. He was 77.
     Manego was a native New Orleanian. At Xavier he was a 6-foot-3 forward on coach James Hawkins' basketball teams, and he played baseball for coach John Crowe. As a senior he scored 19 points in an 80-61 home victory against Tuskegee on Dec. 16, 1957, and he scored 17 points in a 65-57 home victory against Southern on Jan. 18, 1958. In his final collegiate basketball game, Manego scored 21 points in a 72-68 home victory against LeMoyne (Tenn.) on Feb. 13, 1958.
     Manego received a bachelor of science degree
     Cirilo Manego

Cirilo Manego
     Cirilo Manego

April 17, 1936- April 28, 2013
from Xavier and a master's in education from Southern University at New Orleans. He spent more than 40 years as an educator and coach, including 14 seasons (1974-89) as the men's basketball head coach at SUNO. His 1982-83 SUNO team was the NAIA District 30 playoff runner-up and was 3-0 against the Gold Rush, including a 68-67 victory in the district semifinals.
     Manego was a teacher and coached basketball and baseball at St. Augustine High School in New Orleans from 1961-74. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a graduate of Joseph S. Clark High School.
     Survivors include his wife, Vicki M. Manego; six children, Nelita Manego-Ramey, Cindy T. Manego, Richard D. Manego, Cirilo R. Manego III, Alana N. Manego and Rebecca A. Manego; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Vicki Manego said her husband suffered the hemmorhage the day after he attended an April 17 Tulane baseball home game against the University of New Orleans.
     Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the Funeral Mass of Christian Burial at St. James Major Catholic Church, 3736 Gentilly Blvd. in New Orleans (zip code 70122), on Saturday (May 4) at 11 a.m. Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. Burial will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Rhodes Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


     (pronunciation:  sear-RILL-oh muh-NAY-go)

 

 
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