September 19, 2003


Spencer Manning Named Rhode Island College Head Women’s Basketball Coach


Providence, RI—Rhode Island College has named Spencer Manning as its head women’s basketball coach. Manning takes over for Mike Kelley who stepped down after five seasons at the helm this past June.


"I am extremely excited to be taking this position. I am very impressed with the atmosphere of the College and the athletic department. Rhode Island College has everything a student-athlete could ask for."


Manning was most recently the head women’s basketball and head women’s soccer coach at Anna Maria College in Paxton, Massachusetts in 2002-03. Prior to his stint at Anna Maria, Manning served as an assistant women’s basketball coach at Brown University in 2001-02. His duties were to recruit, scout, and train Division I caliber athletes.


From 1999-2001, Manning served as the head women’s basketball coach, assistant women’s soccer coach, and assistant athletic director at Castleton State College in Castleton, Vermont. His first collegiate coaching experience came from 1996-99 at Springfield College where he served as the assistant women’s basketball coach and helped guide the team to a .710 winning percentage and three ECAC Tournament appearances over three seasons.


Manning is a 1993 graduate of the University of Rhode Island with a bachelor’s degree in physical education. He also received his M.Ed. in advanced level coaching from Springfield College in 1998.


A native of Lancaster, Massachusetts, Manning currently resides in Dudley, Massachusetts with his wife Charlene.