Coach Manganaro Steps Down at Wayne State

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It was announced this week that Wayne State’s head coach, John Manganaro, is stepping down after 17 seasons as head coach of the Wildcats.

Manganaro Steps Down at Wayne State

This is a serious blow to the Wildcats who have thrived under his leadership.  The press release does a good job of outlining some of his accomplishments –

He built Wayne State into one of the top programs in NCAA Division II, winning the last six Northern Sun Conference regular season titles while guiding the Wildcats to six straight NCAA Tournament appearances and seven trips to the NCAA Tournament in the last nine seasons. Manganaro accumulated a 506-309-1 record (.620) and was 198-54 (.785) in Northern Sun Conference games. Wayne State is the 12th winningest team of the 2000’s in NCAA Division II baseball under Manganaro, going 368-157-1 (.701).

Manganaro is a four-time NSIC Coach of the Year Award recipient (2001, 2006, 2007, 2009) and led the Wildcats to five NSIC Tournament titles (2001, co-2003, 2004, 2005, 2006).

The program is being turned over to Brian Tisch on an interim basis.  Tisch was a player under Manganaro from 1999-2004 and has been an Assistant Coach the past 5 years.  Tisch Profile

On a personal note, this is sad news as John was quite active in participating at this blog and I enjoyed his commentary and viewpoint.  Good luck to you in your new role as President of Ultimate Baseball Academy!  Ultimate Website

Silently, 12 other school coaches had a little optimism added to their outlook this week.

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2 Responses to “Coach Manganaro Steps Down at Wayne State”


  1. 1 CU#17Dad August 17, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    It will not be the same at Wayne without Coach. He was well respected and very successful. I wish him luck in his new position.

  2. 2 Domiewincance November 25, 2009 at 9:01 am

    OMG enjoyed reading your post. I added your rss to my google reader.


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