Coach Manning was a four year starting catcher at Pace University, ranking among the school’s all-time leaders in hits, home runs, and RBI’s. Signed to a professional contract with the Chicago White Sox in 1991, he reached the AAA level in 1994 and was invited as a non-roster player to Major League spring training with the Boston Red Sox in 1996. He began his coaching career in 1997 with the independent professional team, The Johnstown (PA) Steel. He then was the Asst. GM/Coach of the New Jersey Jackals of the professional Northeast League. There he helped build a team that won the league championship in their first season. Coach Manning has been the head coach at Pace University since 2000. Over the course of his tenure he has had nine players that were eventually drafted by a Major League Baseball team, with others going on to sign professional contracts with independent organizations.