Former Challenger Player, Coach & Board Member
Stan Manley ’82 led Sheldon High School, his alma mater, to two state baseball championships and an unprecedented 14-year run of success. Now, starting with the 2018 season, Manley will be calling the shots in the dugout of his college alma mater instead.
Linfield College baseball coach and director of athletics Scott Carnahan announced Thursday that Manley will assume head coaching duties for the Wildcat program after this season concludes. Carnahan is retiring in June after 26 seasons as baseball coach and 20 years as athletic director.
“Stan is going to be a very successful coach at Linfield,” Carnahan said. Manley, he continued, brings a high level of enthusiasm and baseball knowledge to the Wildcats.
Manley served as an assistant to Carnahan last season, working primarily with the infielders and behind the scenes as the program’s recruiting coordinator.
“He’s shown he can be a dynamic recruiter and he knows how to promote the program,” Carnahan said.
Manley said he feels honored to have an opportunity to coach at the place that nurtured him as a young student-athlete.
“I’m beyond thrilled to be trusted to carry on the tradition and success of the Linfield baseball program,” he said. “It’s been part of me literally since the day I was born. I love this school, the players, students, staff, and community. I not only met some of my best friends here, I met my wife. I learned the qualities that are necessary to be successful on and off the field.”
Prior to joining the Linfield staff for the 2016 season, Manley was a standout coach at Sheldon, leading the Irish to Oregon Class 6A state championships in 2013 and 2015 and five Midwestern League titles. In his 14 seasons at the Eugene school, he compiled a win-loss record of 241-140, including a 22-9 record in state playoff games. Twice he was named the Class 6A Coach of the Year by the Oregon Schools Activities Association and was honored as the ABCA/Diamond Regional Coach of the Year in 2015.
Manley was also active in American Legion baseball, directing the Eugene Challengers Class A summer team. He served as board member and board president.
Outside of coaching, Manley owned and operated Manley Services, which provided supplemental benefits administration to employers in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. The company grew to 45 employees before being purchased by PacificSource.
“His success managing people in the business field is another strong point for him as he develops his team and staff for the future,” said Carnahan.
Manley’s roots with Linfield run deep. His father, Gene ’60, played baseball at Linfield for Hall of Fame coach Roy Helser. Manley’s son, Zach, was a four-year letterman and a member of the college’s 2013 NCAA Division III national championship team. His wife, Liz is a 1984 graduate. Manley himself was a three-year starter for Hall of Fame coach Ad Rutschman, playing on Linfield’s 1980 NAIA District 2 championship team and the 1982 Northwest Conference title-winning team.
“I had the honor to play and learn from Coach Rutschman,” said Manley, named the Wildcats’ most inspirational player as a senior in 1982. “Ad has remained a mentor of mine throughout the years. Nearly every day of my life I reflect on the lessons he taught. Now I’m learning from Coach Carnahan, Coach (Jim) Ray and the other assistants. It’s been an ideal situation for me.”
The Manleys have two grown sons. Tyler is a paramedic and firefighter with the Eugene/Springfield Fire Department. Zach ’14, works as a corporate marketing manager with the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes minor league baseball club.
“Coaching at Linfield has been a dream of mine since I graduated from school,” he said. “It’s really the only place I would have left Sheldon for. To be able to coach at both of my alma maters is pretty special. This is a great time for me and my family.”