Bill Manning
Bill Manning
Title: Associate Head Coach of Heavyweight Crew
Organization: Men's Heavyweight Crew
Phone: (617) 495-7775
Previous College: Holy Cross 1987
Experience: 15th Season

Bill Manning, in his 15th season on the Harvard heavyweight crew staff, begins his second season in the role of associate head coach in 2012-13.

Manning has directed the freshman to EARC Sprints medals in 12 of the past 13 years and to seven Sprints victories (1999, '01, '02, '04, '08, '10 '11). His Yardlings have also won three silver medals and three bronze medals at the IRA regatta since 2003. In both 2001 and '02, the freshmen won the Temple Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta, and in 2011 they set the Temple Cup course record.

Despite the complete turnover of the freshman squad every year, Manning's Harvard freshman eight did not lose a dual race in his final five seasons. They defeated 35 straight dual opponents after falling to Yale to close the 2006 season. The Crimson freshmen defeated the Bulldogs in 11 of Manning's 13 years guiding them.

Manning has previous experience coaching the Harvard varsity eight.  In 2004, he took the Crimson to the Lucerne World Cup in Switzerland where they raced as USA 2, defeated the British and French Olympic crews and made the A Final.  In 2011, he coached the varsity boats at the Henley Royal Regatta, where Harvard won the Prince Albert Challenge Cup and set a course record doing so.

Manning served as an assistant coach with the U.S. Junior National Team at five junior world championships between 1997 and 2002 and coached the U.S. men's pair to Olympic qualification at the 2003 world championships. At the 2004 Athens Olympic Games he assisted varsity lightweight coach Charley Butt in working with former Crimson rowers Artour Samsonov '02, Henry Nuzum '99 and Greg Ruckman '96 in the pair, double and lightweight double. He directed the U.S. U-23 Men's Sculling program in 2006 and 2007.

Prior to joining the Harvard staff, Manning earned an Ed.M. in administration, planning and social policy from Harvard in 1998 and served as a counselor, teacher and coach at Buckingham, Browne, & Nichols School in Cambridge, Mass.