Maneggia named permanent coach; DeVito gains fulltime status
At left: Kathy Manizza
WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Kathy Manizza has been appointed head men's and women's cross country and track and field coach at Eastern Connecticut State University, returning to the program as head coach after a 13-year head coaching stint at the Division I level.
The appointment was announced by Eastern interim director of athletics Michael J. Stenko.
A veteran of 22 seasons of coaching at the college and high school levels, Manizza returns to Eastern in a fulltime capacity after serving as its parttime head men's and women's cross country coach for seven years (1993-99) and as its head men's and women's track and field coach for five (1994-98). Manizza replaces Frank Poulin, who had served as head coach for the past 11 years.
For the past 13 years, Manizza has coached men's and women's cross country and men's and women's track and field at the University of Hartford, a Division I institution which competes in the America East conference.
"Coach Manizza will bring a vitality to our cross country and track and field programs," praised Stenko. "We are excited that she is returning to Eastern."
Manizza, a longtime reside of Mansfield who currently resides in Bolton, becomes the12th permanent cross country coach since the advent of the program in 1971 and 13th head track and field coach since 1975. All but three of those former coaches served in parttime capacities.
"Having coached at Eastern previously, I am very aware of the outstanding potential of the program," offered Manizza. "I learned a tremendous amount in my 13 years at Hartford, which would I will put to good use in the continued development of the track and field and cross country programs at Eastern. Eastern," said Manizza, "is a wonderful university and I am very pleased to be a fulltime member of the athletic staff."
Manizza, who served as an assistant track and cross country coach at Eastern for two years before being appointed head coach, coached 32 Division III All-New England athletes in five outdoor seasons as head coach at Eastern, one of whom was a New England javelin champion and five of whom placed second in the regional meet.
As she did at Eastern, Manizza instituted the indoor track and field program and early in her tenure produced the program's first New England champion. This past spring, the Hartford women finished 12th and the men finished 14th at the New England Open Championship. The women's program boosted the New England champion at 400 meters and the men's program featured the 200 meter champion.
In addition to featuring 13 cross country and track and field All-America athletes in its 41-year history, Eastern has won a total of 11 Little East Conference and New England Alliance Championships in track and field and has placed as high as second 15 times since the advent of those meets in 1998.
Maneggia promoted to permanent position
Peter Maneggia, who served as interim head women's volleyball coach last fall, has been appointed on a parttime basis as the seventh permanent head women's volleyball coach in the program's 37-year history.
Maneggia, who completed his fifth season as assistant softball coach this past spring, served as the assistant volleyball coach for three years before being named parttime interim head coach last fall following the departure of Fran Vandermeer prior to the 2011 campaign.
Last fall, Maneggia returned the Warriors to the 20-win plateau and his .667 winning percentage in 30 matches was their highest since 2006. The team won two in-season tournaments, then as the Little East Conference's No. 5 seed, avenged a three-game regular-season loss by upsetting No. 4 seed Western Connecticut State University on the road in the first round of the tournament.
Men's soccer coach DeVito gains fulltime status
Greg DeVito, who has directed the men's soccer program to five post-season tournaments and a winning percentage better than 70 percent, has been promoted to fulltime status. He becomes the first fulltime coach in the program's 51-year history since program founder Tom Nevers retired following the 1978 season.
In five seasons, DeVito has compiled a 71-26-11 ledger for a winning percentage of .708, averaging 14.2 wins per season. DeVito has led the Warriors to four NCAA and one ECAC tournament berths, three Little East Conference playoff and at least a share of three LEC regular-season titles.
Last year, Eastern finished 15-6-1, captured outright the LEC regular season title and claimed the LEC playoff championship. The Warriors went on to win their second NCAA tournament match in as many years.