Chris Manning heads into his first season as an assistant coach with the Saint Michael’s men's basketball team in 2019-20.
Manning arrives following three seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater, NCAA Division III State University of New York at Plattsburgh, where he was director of recruiting while also heavily involved in practice and game planning, film breakdown, community service engagement, alumni relations, and fundraising.
The Cardinals were 57-24 overall and 42-14 in the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) during those three years, qualifying for two NCAA Division III Tournaments. He recruited and coached a two-time All-America first team selection, as well as five all-conference picks.
In 2017-18, SUNY Plattsburgh was 24-5 overall and 17-1 in the league, won regular-season and postseason SUNYAC titles, and reached the NCAA Sweet 16 while earning a national ranking. That same year, Manning was part of the group named D3Hoops.com East Region Coaching Staff of the Year, National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) East Region Coaching Staff of the Year, and SUNYAC Coaching Staff of the Year. Manning was also one of 30 honorees named to the 2017-18 Under Armour NABC 30-Under-30 Team, which recognizes up-and-coming coaches in men's basketball under the age of 30.
During the 2015-16 school year, Manning was an assistant coach at Saint Lawrence (N.Y.) University in his first postgraduate coaching role, overseeing recruiting efforts and helping the Saints advance to the Liberty League Tournament championship game in their first postseason appearance in six years. The Saints finished 14-12 as Manning helped coach three all-conference players.
Manning got his college coaching start as a senior at SUNY Plattsburgh in 2014-15, aiding a squad that went 19-8 overall and 13-5 in the SUNYAC while winning a regular-season league title and advancing to the SUNYAC Tournament title game. He saw three Cardinals garner all-league laurels after the season.
Manning experienced both NCAA Division II and Division III basketball during his playing career. During the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years, he was the starting point guard at SUNY Plattsburgh, helping bring the Cardinals to two NCAA Division III Tournaments, including the Sweet 16 in 2013-14, when he was a captain. The Cardinals were 44-15 overall and 29-7 in the SUNYAC over his two years while advancing to the SUNYAC Tournament title game each time. Manning was named SUNYAC All-Conference twice while leading the country in steals both seasons, also pacing Division III in steals average in 2012-13. Manning averaged 5.5 assists, 3.5 steals and a 1.8 assist-to-turnover ratio as a Cardinal and remains tied for 17th in Division III history in steals average.
Manning spent 2009-10 at NCAA Division II C.W. Post, averaging 1.8 assists and 1.2 steals off the bench for the East Coast Conference (ECC) Championship runner-up, which finished 23-6. He made an immediate impact at ECC counterpart Molloy (N.Y.) College in 2008-09, placing second in the nation in steals per game (3.5) while landing a spot on the ECC All-Rookie Team. For Manning's four-year career, he totaled 600 points, 490 assists and 333 steals over 112 games, including 88 starts.
Manning earned his bachelor of arts degree from SUNY Plattsburgh in individualized studies in 2015 before finishing his master's in educational leadership from Saint Lawrence in 2018.