Ahmad  Manning
Ahmad Manning

Assistant Coach

Ahmad Manning enters his third year as assistant coach. He helped guide Siena to its best season in 10 years and a spot in the MAAC Tournament in 2008. Manning is the first assistant to head coach Gareth Elliott, helps in the day-to-day operations of the program and recruits domestically and internationally.

Manning was integral in recruiting 2009 MAAC Rookie of the Year Emery Welshman who led the team in scoring with six goals and 15 points.

Manning is currently Director of the Starting 11 Training Academy and a technical staff member for Black Watch Premier FC in Albany.

A native of West Hartford, Conn. by way of Rochester N.Y., Manning enjoyed a stellar four year playing career from 1998-2002 at the University of Rhode Island. A midfielder with the Rams, Manning started all four years alongside Elliott (forward) as the pair teamed up for two Atlantic 10 Tournament Championships (1999, 2000), two NCAA Tournament appearances (1999-Second Round; 2000-Round of 16), and three consecutive regular season championships (1999-2001).

Manning also achieved a pair of Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team nominations (1998, 1999) and was twice named to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference Team (2000, 2001).

Following his collegiate playing career, Manning starred for three years in the professional ranks, competing for the United Soccer League's Pittsburgh Riverhounds (2005) and Western Mass Pioneers (2007). Manning also played for the prestigious FC METZ of the French League (2006) as well as the Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew (2006).

Manning carries a USSF "C" license and a NSCAA National Diploma.

Manning also has coaching experience with FSASoccerPlus as a head coach in the development U-12 league, serving alongside former U.S. Women's National Team World Cup winning head coach Tony DiCicco.

Manning earned his bachelor's degree in business management in 2002.