Manley named for coaching award
Mandan Braves Boys and Girls Swimming and Diving Head Coach Ralph Manley has been named to receive the 2013 National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association Outstanding Service Award. He will be presented the award at the NISCA awards banquet on March 30 in Indianapolis, Ind., during the annual NISCA Conference.
Manley has been the boys swimming head coach for the Braves for 28 years, and girls swim head coach for 19. Before that, he worked as the head coach at Fargo South for two years, and was the assistant coach seven years prior to that.
Manley says this award is personally a great honor for him, as his father, Thomas Manley, the head swim coach at Fargo South, also won this award back in 1993.
As a Braves coach, Manley has a 73.6 winning percentage in girls swimming and diving, and a 71.8 winning percentage in boys.
As the girls head coach, Manley’s teams have earned a WDA runner up title six times, and a state championship four times, all in consecutive years – 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002.
In boys swimming and diving, Manley’s teams have earned 14 WDA runner-up titles, three WDA championships, three state championships in 1995, 1997 and 1998, and two state runner up titles.
Manley has been inducted into the North Dakota High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2012. In 2011 he was named the NHSACA National Coach of the Year. He has also been named the State Boys Coach of the Year three times.
To be considered for this award, a NISCA member must have served aquatics in swimming, diving, or water polo for at least 15 years, been a NISCA member in good standing for at least 10 years, and had above average success as a competitive aquatic coach.
In addition to the individual award, honorees’ names are displayed in the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.