Utes to play seven spring games, including four at home.
Two players earn regional academic award while team hits the mark in the classroom as well.
Wildcats find game winner with two seconds remaining in the game.
Rich Manning's Career Coaching Record Year Overall Pct. MWC Finish Postseason 2002 13-4-3 .725 4-1-1 2nd NCAA Second Round 2003 16-2-2 .850 6-0-0 1st NCAA First Round 2004 13-6-3 .659 3-2-1 4th NCAA First Round 2005 14-7-1 .649 6-0-1 1st NCAA First Round 2006 16-5-1 .750 7-0-0 1st NCAA Second Round 2007 12-5-4 .667 3-2-2 5th MWC Semifinals 2008 11-9-2 .545 5-2-0 2nd MWC Finals 2009 10-10-2 .500 4-2-1 3rd MWC Semifinals 2010 5-15-1 .262 3-3-1 4th MWC Quarterfinals 2011 10-9-1 .525 6-5-0 5th none Total 120-72-20 .613 41-12-7
Rich Manning is entering his 11th season as the Utah head women's soccer coach. After defying preseason predictions and leading the Utes to a fifth-place finish in their inaugural year in the Pac-12 Conference, Manning and the Utes look forward to continuing their winning ways and climbing the Pac-12 ladder.
During his tenure, Manning has established Utah Women's Soccer as an elite program in the west. He has coached the Utes to an NCAA Tournament berth in five of his 10 years at the helm. Prior to joining the Pac-12, Manning directed Utah to three Mountain West Conference regular-season championships (2003, `05, `06) and a pair of league tournament titles (2003, `04).
Named Utah's head coach in January of 2002, Manning has led the Utes to a 120-72-20 (.613) overall record, averaging 12 wins per year. Utah is also 47-17-7 against conference foes under Manning's direction, posting a league win percentage over of .711 over the last 10 years.
In their debut season in the Pac-12, Utah bounced back from an 0-4-1 start to post an overall record of 10-9-1, going 6-5 in conference games. The Utes were 8-2 at home, including 5-1 against Pac-12 foes, with their only conference home loss coming to No. 6 UCLA, 1-0, in overtime. Manning captured his 100th career win as a head coach during the 2009 season, all of which have come at Utah, with a 2-0 victory over Princeton at Ute Field on Sept. 9. Earlier that year, before injuries took a severe toll on the team, the Utes climbed to their first national ranking since 2006 after shutting out No. 19 Santa Clara, 1-0, reaching as high as No. 21 in the national polls.
In 2008, Manning and the Utes took on a challenging schedule with one of his most youthful teams, featuring only two senior starters. After a slow beginning, Manning coached his team to an 11-9-2 record, winning six of their last seven regular-season games to finish second in the conference. The second seed in the MWC Tournament, Utah reached the finals after defeating TCU in the semis, avenging their regular-season loss in Fort Worth.
In 2006, Utah tied a school record for victories, finishing 16-5-1 giving Manning his third MWC Coach of the Year Award. Additionally, Adele Letro became Utah's first player ever to be named an All-American. The Utes were the first MWC team ever to record seven league victories, winning the 2006 conference title with a perfect 7-0-0 mark. Utah did not allow a goal in conference play, setting school and MWC records. 2006 also marked the third time in four years that the Utes hosted opening-weekend games in the NCAA Tournament. Utah finished that season ranked in the top 25 in each of the major polls.
Manning kicked off his Utah tenure in historic fashion, directing the Utes to their first-ever win over a top-25 team with a 2-0 shutout of No. 3 Portland at Ute Field on Sept. 1, 2002. The following week, Utah vaulted into the national rankings for the first time. Utah finished 13-4-3 overall and 4-1-1 to place second in the MWC that year, as Manning earned MWC Coach of the Year in his inaugural season.
The Utes advanced to their first-ever NCAA Tournament in 2002, defeating arch rival BYU 3-2 in overtime in the first round. Manning and the Utes set the tone as a program that would be tough to score against, ranking 29th in the NCAA in goals against average (0.29).
The program continued to flourish in 2003 when Utah tied its single-season wins mark with a 16-2-2 record as Manning was recognized as the NSCAA West Region Coach of the Year. The Utes finished the season in the Top 25 rankings for the first time, coming in at No. 24 in the final NSCAA poll. Utah's defense ranked second in the NCAA in goals against average (0.436) and fifth in shutout percentage (0.65).
The Utes were unbeaten at home that year and also captured their first-ever outright league title with a 6-0 record. The Utes hosted the MWC Tournament for the first time, defeating BYU 2-0 in the championship game. Utah then hosted NCAA first and second round games at Ute Field--another program first. In 2004, Utah went 13-6-3, won the MWC Tournament and earned another NCAA Tournament berth. The Utes recorded one of their most impressive road victories, winning at No. 7 UCLA.
A 14-7-1 record in 2005 saw the Utes claim the MWC regular-season title with a 6-0-1 mark as Manning earned MWC Coach of the Year honors once again. The U. began the season with six consecutive wins for the best start in school history and were once again one of the top defensive teams in the nation, ranking 24th in goals against average (.707).
Manning has worked with Region IV Olympic Development Program teams over the past six years. He has coached the Region IV U-18 and U-16 girls' teams, which annually draw the top players from 13 western states.
Before assuming the top position at Utah, Manning was on the women's coaching staff for four years at Santa Clara (1998-2001). He was an assistant coach for three years before being promoted to associate head coach. Manning helped direct the Broncos to four NCAA Tournament appearances, three NCAA College Cups (national semifinals) and the 2001 NCAA Championship. During his tenure, Santa Clara went 84-11-2 and won three West Coast Conference championships. Nine players Manning recruited and coached at Santa Clara made the U.S. National Team. Manning also coached two National Players of the Year, Mandy Clemens (1999) and Aly Wagner (2001).
Prior to joining the Santa Clara staff, Manning worked with numerous youth programs in Southern California. From 1994-97, he was head coach at Los Alamitos High School, where he produced two CIF championships and sent eight players to NCAA Division I programs. Manning took 1996 CIF Coach of the Year honors and was named the 1997 Orange County Coach of the Year.
Along with his success at Los Alamitos, Manning helped develop the S.C. Blues soccer club in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., into one of the nation's top girls' youth programs.
Manning played at Santa Clara from 1982-1986 under former U.S. National Team coaches Steve Sampson and Ralph Perez. As a senior, Manning was captain of the Broncos. He earned All-Far West accolades as a junior. Manning, 45, graduated from Santa Clara cum laude with a B.S. in mathematics in 1986, followed by a master's in education from Azusa Pacific in 1996.
Manning married Susan Moynihan in January of 2009.