Tom Manning is in his second season as the Rockets’ offensive line coach. He previously was a graduate assistant and director of football operations at UT from 2009-10.
In 2012, Manning helped shape an offensive line that became one of the best in the Mid-American Conference. Junior center Zac Kerin earned first-team All-MAC honors, while sophomore guard Greg Mancz notched third-team honors. UT’s offensive line helped power the Rockets to the third-ranked offense in the Mid-American Conference (445.2 yards per game) and a 9-4 mark that included a trip to the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.
Manning also received off-the-field recognition for his role as a recruiter when Rivals.com named him one of the nation’s top recruiters among non-BCS schools.
Manning returned to UT in December of 2011 following a highly successful season as the offensive line coach at Mount Union. He re-joined the staff in time to coach the Rockets’ offensive line at the 2011 Military Bowl.
Manning and Head Coach Matt Campbell were teammates for one season at Mount Union. Campbell also was Manning’s position coach in his senior season with the Purple Raiders.
Manning coached the offensive line for Mount Union in 2011. The Purple Raiders went 14-1 and advanced to the Division III national championship game before losing to Wisconsin-Whitewater, 13-10.
Manning’s first stint with the Rockets began in 2009 when he was hired as a graduate assistant. He worked with the offense under Campbell’s guidance. Manning next served as UT’s director of football operations for the 2010 season.
A native of Youngstown, OH, Manning was a two-time all-conference player at Ursuline High School. He made first-team all-state as a senior, leading his school to the Division IV state championship in 2000. He played his college ball at Mount Union, where he was a two-time all-conference player at left tackle. Manning, who was a team captain as a senior, helped his team win NCAA Division III national championships in 2002 and 2005. The Purple Raiders had a 59-3 record during his time on the team.
Manning began his coaching career as the offensive line coach at Massillon (OH) Jackson High School in 2006. His first job at the collegiate level was at Emory & Henry (VA) College, where he was the offensive line/run-game coordinator from 2007-08.
Manning and his wife Sally were married in June of 2010. They reside in Toledo.
2011-present: Toledo - Offensive Line
2011: Mount Union - Offensive Line
2010: Toledo - Director of Football Operations
2009: Toledo - Graduate Assistant
2007-08: Emory & Henry (VA) College - Offensive Line Coach/Run-Game Coordinator
2006: Massillon (OH) Jackson High School - Offensive Line Coach