March 9, 2010
NORMAN, Okla. -- The University of Oklahoma head soccer coach Nicole Nelson announced the hiring of Trae Manny to the program on Tuesday. Manny comes to Oklahoma after serving as the goalkeepers’ coach at Stephen F. Austin the past two seasons.
“After an exhaustive search, that included a number of very qualified candidates, I realized Trae Manny is the perfect addition to our staff,” said Nelson. “He has played at a high level, is very respected as a goalkeeper coach, has learned from some very respected mentors, and is hungry to continue evolving.”
A former collegiate goalkeeper himself at the University of Louisville, Manny will be reunited with George Van Linder, the current associate head coach at Oklahoma. Manny and Van Linder worked the last two seasons together at Stephen F. Austin where the program compiled a 19-15-4 mark, set several program records, advanced to the conference tournament on two occasions, and recorded a second place regular season finish in 2008.
“It is an honor to join Coach Nelson’s staff,” said Manny. “Her work through the past two years has prepared OU to step into the spotlight as an elite team in women’s college soccer. I am excited to work with her and Coach Van Linder to push this program to the next level. With the support of the best athletic department in the country, the potential of Sooner soccer is limitless.”
Manny’s primary responsibility will rest in coaching the Sooner goalkeepers, but he will also be involved in all aspects of the program’s daily operations.
A former administrative assistant in the athletic department’s NCAA compliance office at Louisville, Manny brings more than just coaching experience to OU. While gaining a better understanding of the bylaws of the NCAA, Manny also developed a compliance handbook for use by strength and conditioning coaches in the Louisville strength program.
“His passion for coaching and ambitious approach to everything he does is unique,” added Nelson.
At Stephen F. Austin, Manny’s goalkeepers combined to record 13 shutouts in two years while posting a 1.57 goals-against average in 2009 and a 1.14 average in 2008. In 2008, SFA’s starting goalkeeper recorded a 500-plus minute scoreless streak which produced a 0.84 GAA in conference play.
Outside of the collegiate ranks, Manny has worked on the club and Olympics Development level and as a staff member of Joe Machnik’s No. 1 Soccer Camp in Charleston, SC, since 2004. In addition to working as a coach, he served as the intern program director and goalkeeper director. At the camp, Manny helped train players from eight states, including Texas. He also planned and implemented a two-week camp in Illinois.
A three-time member of the Louisville Athletic Director’s Honor Roll, Manny was selected to the Big East Conference Academic All-Star Team in 2006. Before becoming a Cardinal, Manny played two seasons at Capital University in Ohio.
Following his collegiate career, Manny played one season in the Major Indoor Soccer League with the Chicago Storm of the Major Indoor Soccer League.
Manny holds an NSCAA Regional Diploma and NSCAA Goalkeeping II certification. He earned his bachelor’s degree in sport administration from Louisville in 2007.