Sean McManus enters his fifth season as the assistant coach of Fresno State's track & field distance runners and head coach of the cross country team.
In 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.
During the 2011 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.
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.
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.
McManus also coaches the men's and women's cross country teams, where in his second season, he coached the men's team to its best conference finish in nearly 20 years. The men took second at the 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.
In his opening season, McManus coached 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.
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.
Prior to Florida State, 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.
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 earned a master's of science in exercise science with a specialization in sports pedagogy and an emphasis on athlete motivation from Florida.
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.