Sean McManus
Sean  McManus

Assistant Coach (Distance)

Alma Mater:
Notre Dame, '01

Fresno State Exp.:
8th Season


Schwanz’ top 8 finish snags All-American nod

Fresno State’s Annemarie Schwanz placed No. 7 in the NCAA in the 1500-meter, capping a stellar junior season

OVERVIEW: Sean McManus enters his eighth season (2015-16) leading Fresno State's cross country teams as its head coach and the track and field distance squads as an assistant coach. During his time at Fresno State, McManus has coached 27 athletes to the Bulldogs' All-Time List and led 16 student-athletes to the NCAA qualifications in both cross country and track and field.

McManus has coached 63 All-Conference runners during his time at Fresno State and has seven conference champions under his watch.

Track (2015): The 2015 indoor and outdoor track seasons saw continued individual success for McManus. Leading the way was the record-setting performances from distance runner AnneMarie Schwanz as she broke school records in both the women's 1500 meters and 5000 meters record. The junior from Neuruppin, Germany set the 1500m record at the Payton Jordan Invitational with a time of 4:20.33 on April 17 and a week later shattered the 31-year old 5000m mark clocking a 16:23.63 at the Stanford Invitational. Additionally, Schwanz also ran the second-fastest time in program history in the 800m & 3000m and scored points at the Mountain West Outdoor Championships in the 1500m and 5000m. In addition to Schwanz, Dezirae Johnson placed fourth in the 800m (2:09.79) at the MWC Championships. In the indoor season, the distance medley relay of Meagan Paracholski, Njeri Omawahleh, Raven Nunez and Carina Mendoza finished fifth at the MWC Championships.

Cross Country (2014): In his seventh season at the helm of the cross country program, the Bulldogs had a pair of top eight team finishes at the Mountain West Championships hosted by the Bulldogs at Woodward Park as the men finished seventh and the women placed eighth. On the men's side, all five scorers ranked in the top 50 and on the women's side, all five scorers placed in the top 70. Individually, junior AnneMarie Schwanz put together an outstanding season as she was the Bulldogs top finisher in all five meets she competed in which included winning the Fresno State Invitational. On the men's side, Matt Kwiatkowski led the way for the Bulldogs as he finished first or second in all five races he competed in and was the top finisher at the Mountain West Championships placing 31st overall.

Track (2014): The highlight of the outdoor season was Kevin Poythress, 3000m steeplechase run in a time of 9:00.06, under the guidance of coach McManus, and recorded the ninth-best time in Fresno State history. Poythress also went on to compete in the 2014 NCAA West Preliminaries.

During the indoor season Coach McManus lead senior Carina Mendoza to a 9th place finish in the 3000m at the Mountain West Championships. Mendoza also broke the indoor school record by more than seven seconds when she posted a time of 9:40.42 at the UW Invitational in the 3000m. The Fresno State distance medley team of Mendoza, Ja'Nia Sears, Melanie Baran, and AnneMarie Schwanz finished fourth with a time of 12:17.98 at the Mountain West Championships.

Cross Country (2013): In his sixth season, McManus had a strong showing from his team. AnneMarie Schwanz, a sophomore from Germany, shattered the 6K school record twice this season by over 20 seconds. At the NCAA West Regionals meet she ran her best 6K time under coach McManus of 20:34. She also broke the women's 5k record by running 17:06 which puts her #1 on the Bulldog's All-Time list at both distances. Fresno State men's cross country team finished in seventh with 222 points at the 2013 Mountain West Championships at Eisenhower Golf Club's Blue Course. The women's team finished in 8th with 201 points.

At the NCAA West Regionals McManus had 3 men cross country runners finish in the top 140. Chriss Grimble was the top finisher for the men. The junior finished in 100th with a time of 31:57. Seniors Danny Vartanian (31:59) and Kevin Poythress (32:51), who were the top two finishers for Fresno State in every race except for this one, finished in 102nd and 140th, respectively. Nine student-athletes earned All-Mountain West Academic Honors (3 men 6 women).

Track (2013): McManus had a lot of individual success with his Bulldogs on the Track this season. Five Bulldogs made the Fresno State All-Time List in nine events. Carina Mendoza and Anne Marie Schwanz both made the All-Time list in 3 events each. Mendoza is ranked #9 in the 3000m with a time of 9:56, #5 in the 5000m with a time of 16:51.21and #4 in the Steeplechase with a time of 10:47.17 thanks to coach McManus. Schwanz, earned a #10 ranking in the 3000m with a time of 9:57.22, #9 in the 800m with a time of 2:10.79 and #6 in the 1500m with a time of 4:31.43. Stella Kubasch also made her mark on the All-Time list with an 800m run of 2:10.05 which makes her #5. Saylah Bersarian worked her way under coach McManus to the #7 spot in the 1500m with a time of 4:33.66. On the men's side, Michael Jamieson earned the #5 spot on the All-Time list with a run of 1:49.14 in the 800m.

Cross Country (2012): In his fifth season, McManus lead sophomore Lyndsie Etherton to a first place finish where she clocked in the second fastest time in Bulldog history for a 5k with a time of 17:13. The Fresno State men raced to a sixth-place finish, while the women placed seventh on Friday at the Mountain West Championships. 11 student-athletes earned All-MW Academic Honors (5 men 6 women).

Track (2012): McManus guided Olivier Bernard to the NCAA Preliminary Round Championship in Austin, Texas after winning the Western Athletic Conference Championships in the 1500-meter with a time of 3:46.57. Bernard's time at the WAC Championship meet placed him in the record books as the eighth-best 1500m in Fresno State history.

The fifth year assistant coach helped place freshman Meagan Paracholski into the Fresno State record books in the 800m last season. Paracholski clocked a 2:11.63 to break into the Fresno State top-10 in her first year on campus.

Cross Country (2011): In his fourth season as cross country head coach, McManus guided yet another freshman-phenom, Lyndsie Etherton, as she was awarded Freshman of the Year and first-team All-Conference honors. On the men's side, senior Eric Battles and junior Carson Keller both garnered second-team All-Conference in 2011. The men's and women's teams both finished fourth overall at the WAC championship. The women sent seven to the NCAA Regionals, which included four underclassmen.

2011 also set marks in academic success as the women's cross country team had six Academic All-WAC Honorees. The most the program has seen since 2004. The men's team had five honorees, which tied the 2009 squad for the most in the past five seasons.

Track (2011): During the women's indoor season, McManus led the `Dogs to a sixth place finish at the WAC Championships. Mile runners Saylah Bersarian and Marrijtje Molenhuis placed in second and fourth place, respectively. Both the men's and women's outdoor teams finished the WAC outdoor season in fourth place. The Bulldogs had 34 student-athletes earn USTFCCA All-Academic honors in 2011.

Cross Country (2010): In McManus' third season coaching cross country, he coached freshman Oliver Collin who became the WAC Cross Country Athlete of the Year in 2011. The Fresno State men's team finished fourth overall at the WAC Championship, while the women's team finished fifth overall. McManus also led a squad of six to the NCAA West Regional in Springfield, Ore.

In 2010 the Fresno State men's and women's cross country teams earned eight All-WAC Academic honors. Four female student-athletes and four male student-athletes achieved success on and off the cross country path. Eric Battles, Michael Jamieson, Carson Keller, and Danny Vartanian earned the honor for the men's team, while Stevie Brumwell, Julianne Warmerdam, Pamela Cruz, and Marrijtje Molenhuis for the women's team.

Track (2010): In his second season, McManus led the Bulldogs to three WAC Outdoor individual titles, one indoor individual title and two NCAA Regional qualifications. The Bulldogs were led by Frank Sanders, who won the 1500-meter and 800-meter WAC Outdoor titles. Sanders went on to qualify for the NCAA Regionals. Paul Zwama won the 5000-meter outdoor title and Roxanne Sellick won the 1500-meter indoor title. Academically, McManus had 10 student-athletes named to the Academic All-WAC team and helped the Bulldogs became nationally recognized to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team.

Cross Country (2009): In his second season at the helm of the cross country program, McManus coached the Bulldog men to their best conference finish in nearly 20 years. The men took second at the 2009 WAC Championships, Fresno State's best finish at the conference championship since the team's 1991 second place finish in the Big West. Erick Garcia paced the team with a second place finish and First-Team All-WAC honors. Zwama, a newcomer to the cross country team, and freshman Danny Vartanian also picked up all-conference accolades.

The women's team continued to grow as a team, bettering their standing within the conference and producing an all-conference performer in Sellick. Sellick rounded out her senior campaign with four Top 10 finishes including an individual meet title and an eighth place finish in conference.

Ten cross country student-athletes earned the conference's academic award, including five men and five women. Eric Battles, Max Hernandez, Mitchell Pfyl, Sanders and Zwama all earned Academic All-WAC honors for the men, while Stevie Brumwell, Marissa McPhail, Daysi Cruz, Sellick and Julianne Warmerdam were honored for the women.

Track (2009): In his first season coaching the Bulldog distance racers, McManus's athletes garnered nine All-WAC honors, one conference title, two NCAA Regional qualifications and four Academic All-WAC honors. During the 2009 women's indoor track and field season, Roxanne Sellick finished third in the mile and fifth in the 3,000-meter run, earning two All-WAC honors. Sellick returned to the track, taking second in both the 1,500 and the 5,000 at the WAC Outdoor Championships for another pair of conference accolades. She also qualified for the NCAA Regionals in the 1,500 and marked the second-best time in Fresno State history for the event. Marissa McPhail scored a fourth place finish in the 10,000 to earn all-conference honors as well.

The men's outdoor track and field team grabbed four all-conference honors, including one conference crown, in the distance events in McManus's first season as well. Sanders won the 1,500 at the WAC Outdoor Championship, earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Regional. He had already qualified for the NCAA Regional and taken over eighth-place in the history books for Bulldogs in the event. Sanders also finished in sixth in the 800 at the conference championship. One of McManus's first recruits, Paul Zwama, had a strong showing at the WAC Outdoor Championships as well. Zwama scored a set of silver medals at the conference meet, finishing second in both the 5,000 and 10,000 races.

Cross Country (2008): In his opening season, McManus coached Erick Garcia to an appearance at the NCAA Championships, a first for Fresno State since Tim Holmes' back-to-back appearances in 1979 and 1980. McManus also guided Garcia to a Fresno State 10K record of 29:40.85 at the NCAA West Regional in Palo Alto, Calif., besting Rich Lanford's 29:48 set in 1976 at the NCAA Championships. During the season, Garcia won the individual title at two meets and was edged in the final steps for the WAC individual crown at the conference championships. The men's team saw steady improvement under McManus's tutelage. Three Bulldogs earned All-WAC honors for 2008 as Garcia, Frank Sanders and Eric Battles placed among the Top 12 at the conference meet. Garcia also picked up two WAC Athlete of the Week awards during the season. With all three returning and the addition of top-tier recruits, McManus has high expectations for the team entering the 2009 season.

McManus's first season coaching the women's team featured the Bulldog's improvement working as a team and setting personal bests. Jennifer Hernandez earned her first all-conference recognition; finishing eighth at the conference meet for second team All-WAC honors.

Seven Bulldogs earned Academic All-WAC honors under McManus's guidance in the 2008 cross country season. Briana Cleary and McPhail earned the academic accolade for the women. Five men (Battles, Brandon Geis, Max Hernandez, Mitchell Pfyl and Sanders) picked up the conference academic honor. In his first season coaching the Bulldog distance racers, McManus's athletes garnered nine All-WAC honors, one conference title, two NCAA Regional qualifications and four Academic All-WAC honors.

Florida State: McManus joined the Fresno State staff after spending three seasons as an assistant coach for Florida State. While at FSU, McManus assisted head coach Bob Braman in coaching the cross country teams as well as working with the distance runners in track and field. McManus helped guide the Seminole men's track and field team to three-consecutive NCAA Championships in 2006, 2007 and 2008 and six ACC Championships. He also assisted in the Seminole women's top 25 finishes at the NCAA Championships. At FSU, McManus's athletes earned a wide array of honors, including three NCAA individual titles, 22 ACC individual championships and 19 All-American accolades.

Notre Dame: Prior to FSU, McManus was an assistant cross country and track coach at Notre Dame from 2001-02 and 2003-05. McManus oversaw training for student-athletes competing in mid to distance and cross country events. He was instrumental in recruiting top local, national and international student-athletes to a highly competitive academic institution.

During his time at Notre Dame, McManus coached student-athletes earning 25 All-Americans, 64 All-Big East and 22 All-Great Lakes Region honors as well as four Academic All-Americans. He helped produce thirteen individual Big East champions and two Big East Athletes of the Year.

McManus is no stranger to the NCAA Championships scene as he helped the men's and women's cross country squads to multiple appearances. During McManus' tenure the men's team finished sixth (2001) and 11th (2004) and the women's team finished 19th (2001), 10th (2003) and fourth (2004). He was also an integral part of a Notre Dame staff that earned two Big East coaching staff of the year honors.

University of Florida: From 2002-03, McManus served as a volunteer assistant at the University of Florida where he assisted the men's and women's cross country and distance programs. He helped produce six All-SEC, five All-South Region, one All-American and one Academic All-District award winner.

McManus is no stranger to the NCAA Championships scene as he helped the men's and women's cross country squads to multiple appearances. During McManus' tenure the men's team finished sixth (2001) and 11th (2004) and the women's team finished 19th (2001), 10th (2003) and fourth (2004). He was also an integral part of a Notre Dame staff that earned two Big East coaching staff of the year honors.

Personal: As an undergraduate, McManus attended Notre Dame from 1996 to 2001 where he earned a bachelor's of science in civil engineering. He competed four years in cross country and track. While running for the Irish, he helped his cross country team to four top 12 team finishes at the NCAA Championships. McManus earned a master's of science in exercise science with a specialization in sports pedagogy and an emphasis on athlete motivation from the University of Florida.

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