Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 9/10/13
From Press Release and Staff Report
Asbury University has named Rich Manieri, an Upper Darby graduate and former Fox 29 weather/anchor and reporter, its first women’s lacrosse coach. Asbury recently announced it will be adding men’s and women’s lacrosse to its list of 15 intercollegiate sports in the 2014-15 academic year.
“Rich has a successful track record of working with both experienced and new players,” said Mark Perdue, Asbury’s athletics director. “More important, if you look at Rich’s resume, he’s an accomplished communicator and a proven leader.”
Manieri has a varied background in coaching and media, having spent 11 years with Fox TV and over 10 years coaching girls’ lacrosse. He spent the past two seasons coaching the girls’ team at the Baylor School (TN), helping it to Tennessee’s sweet 16 and the program’s first elite eight appearance. Prior to joining Baylor, he was an assistant at a new program at Susquehannock in Southern York County.
Coaching is only a small part of Manieri’s history. After injuries cut his lacrosse career short, he spent nearly 15 years as a television news reporter, mostly at Fox 29 in Philadelphia. He then served as a Justice Department spokesman, also in Philadelphia. He’s worked as a speechwriter, college professor and ghost writer. His writing has appeared in publications throughout the country and he has won Emmy and Associated Press awards for journalism.
At Fox he covered trials and politics and filled in as an anchor. A Communications major at Villanova – where he had hoped to play football before the program was dropped – he also spent time at TV stations in Monroe, La., and Spartanburg, S.C.
“In some ways, I feel like my whole career, varied as it is, has been leading to this,” Manieri said. “We are making history at Asbury and the young women who will make up our first roster will be pioneers and ambassadors of both the lacrosse program and the University. It’s rare in life that you get a chance to do something like this. We’re going to have a great story to tell.”
Manieri holds a B.A. in Communications Arts from Villanova and an M.F.A. from Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass. His first task at Asbury will be to find 25 student-athletes to serve as the foundation for the lacrosse program. Manieri said he began getting involved in coaching girls because his daughter took up the sport.
“I’m looking for very special people — serious students, lacrosse players and leaders — who want to be part of a family,” Manieri said. “We’re all going to be in this together. It’s going to be a challenge and a lot of fun.”
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