St. Louis-area native Marcus Manning has been named director of athletics, effective July 11. Previously, Manning worked as director of membership and legislative services at the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
“It’s hard to overstate the positive impact that athletics plays within our campus community,” said President Mark Lombardi, PhD. “In Marcus Manning, we’ve hired a proven leader who will ensure that all of our student athletes will enjoy the benefits of a top-flight education while competing in what is arguably the finest Division II conference in our nation.”
Prior to joining the NAIA national office, Manning’s served eight years in recreation and athletic administration, first at the University of California, Irvine, as director of club sports and special events, and then at Indiana University – South Bend as assistant athletic director. His experience includes new program implementation, student leadership development, community relations, special event and game management, budget oversight, fundraising, corporate sponsorships, compliance and sports information.
“I am extremely humbled and honored to be the next director of athletics at Maryville University,” Manning said. “I look forward to working at one of the great universities in the Midwest, building upon the established the Saints athletics program and returning home to the St. Louis area.”
Manning earned his B.S. in business management from Quincy University in 1997 and his master’s in sports administration at Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville in 2001.
“I am very excited to welcome Marcus as our new athletics director,” Nina Caldwell, EdD, vice president of Student Life and dean of students, said in announcing his appointment. “His experience, energy and leadership will be a great asset to Maryville University as we move forward.”
Manning played quarterback at GLVC member Quincy from 1993-1996. At the completion of his career, Manning finished in the top 5 in 14 offensive categories in school history, including career completions (165) and career attempts (340). In 1995, he set the single-game record for most completions in a game with 28. Manning was invited to the National All-Stars Football Classic his senior season.
A former distinguished athlete at Jennings High School in Jennings, Mo., Manning has coached football at his alma mater and at Rosary High School in St. Louis.