Born July 22, 1983, Manning is a 2002 graduate of Ursuline High School where he was a standout gridder for the Fighting Irish, also earning two letters as a member of the school’s track and field program.
A three-year letterwinner at UHS, he was a three-year starter, earned all-Steel Valley Conference laurels twice, served as a captain two seasons – he was captain of the Fighting Irish’s first state championship team in 2000 – and earned first-team all-state honors as well.
Upon graduation he attended the University of Mount Union where he was a three-year letterwinner for the Purple Raiders under head coach Larry Kehres, winning national championships in both 2002 and again in 2005.
He served as captain of the ’05 national championship squad and during a stellar collegiate career was named pre-season All-American by the highly-respected Street & Smith’s football publication.
He was both a first and second-team all-Ohio Athletic Conference pick while being named to the all-OAC Academic on two separate occasions. After earning his undergraduate degree from UMU in 2006, he earned his MA degree from Emory and Henry College in 2008. His coaching career began on the high school level in 2006 when he was chosen as offensive line coach at Massillon Jackson High School.
From 2007-08, he was the offensive line coach-run game coordinator for the EHC Wasps then in 2009, became a graduate assistant at the University of Toledo of the Mid-American Conference.
In 2011 he returned to his alma mater, UMU, serving as offensive line coach – the Purple Raiders won the OAC title that year – then from 2012-15, returned to Toledo where he was the Rockets’ offensive line coach.
He took a year out form the college game in 2018 to work in the NFL, serving as tight ends coach for the Indianapolis Colts then from 2019-22, returned to Iowa State where he was the Cyclones’ offensive coordinator with running backs (2019) and tight ends (2020) duties.
He parted ways with ISU at the end of last season and on January 9, 2023, Scott Satterfield, newly appointed head coach at the University of Cincinnati, hired him as its new offensive coordinator as they transition to play in the highly-competitive Big 12 Conference.
He is a three-time Broyles Award semi-finalist, an annual ward that is named after former University of Arkansas head coach and director of athletics, Frank Broyles, and presented to the top assistant coach in college football.
Along with his family, he resides in Cincinnati.