James Manning enters his second season as the Men's Assistant Coach at the Western Connecticut State University.
Prior to coming the WestConn, Manning spent four seasons as the Volunteer Assistant Coach for the University of Connecticut Women's Soccer Program. In addition to his coaching duties at UConn, Manning graduated from the Neag School of Education where he received his Bachelor's Degree in Coaching & Administration.
Manning began his coaching career in 1999 at his alma mater Farmington High School. After six seasons as the freshmen coach in Farmington, he coached Varsity Boys Soccer at East Windsor High School.
He then moved on as the Varsity Girls Head Coach at The Watkinson School in Hartford, CT. Manning spent seven years as a staff coach for the Premier Club FSA Soccer Plus in Farmington, CT. and Field Player Staff Member for SoccerPlus Camps. In 2005, James was the Head Coach for the Boys U-15 Olympic Development Program. He currently holds a USSF "C" license and a NSCAA youth license.
As a player, Manning was a standout performer for Farmington High School. He then played two years at Champlain College in Burlington, Vt. where he earned First Team All- Region honors, as well as the Offensive Player of the Year award in 1996. He then transferred to Central Connecticut in 1997 for his final two collegiate years. Manning moved onto professional soccer, playing in the A-League, first for the Western Mass. Pioneers in 1999, then as a member of the Connecticut Wolves from 2000-01. Manning currently resides in Farmington, Conn.
Manning is the Founder and CEO of ShockSock LLC and ShockSockStore.com, a Connecticut based company catering to developing products that protect the feet of athletes from bruising, abrasions and blunt force impacts to the foot region. For more information log on to: www.ShockSockStore.com.