UMass Alum Will Manny Named Wagner Men's Lacrosse Assistant Coach
July 22, 2014
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - University of Massachusetts graduate and former Minutemen lacrosse star Will Manny (2010-13) was named an assistant coach for the Wagner men's lacrosse team on Monday afternoon, as announced by the Seahawks program. Manny, now in his second season competing for Major League Lacrosse's Boston Cannons franchise, earned 201 points on 107 goals and 94 assists over four seasons on attack for UMass head coach Greg Cannella.
"I am extremely excited about the opportunity to be a part of Wagner's program and earn a Masters of Business Administration from a great school," Manny said. "I cannot thank Wagner head coach Matt Poskay and the entire athletic department enough for this opportunity. I am looking forward to using the knowledge and leadership I have accumulated over the years now as a Division I assistant. UMass head coach Greg Cannella and assistant coaches Brian Jacovina and Doc Schneider have had such an impact on the person I am on and off the field. I will always remember that and will use what I have learned throughout my four years at UMass on my new adventure."
Manny is one of only three former Minutemen to record at least 100 goals and 90 assists in the history of the program, joined by Jeff Spooner (1974-77) and Jim Weller (1979-82). His most successful individual season came in 2012 when Manny notched 77 points on 44 goals and 33 assists en route to being named a USILA First Team All-American to go with NEILA and CAA Offensive Player of the Year awards.
"I'm tremendously excited to add Will Manny to the Wagner's men's lacrosse program," said Seahawks head coach Matt Poskay. "Will brings instant credibility with him as both a former all-American player and as a current professional athlete. He grew up in the game of lacrosse, competing in one of the sport's hotbeds on Long Island and for a great high school program. As a former teammate of Will's, I've seen first-hand his passion and love for the game, and I think he will do great things for Wagner as we continue to build the program."
In addition to his success at UMass, Manny has continued his competitive career as an integral member of Boston's attack unit. The native of Massapequa, N.Y., recorded 30 points in only 10 games played during his rookie MLL campaign in 2013. He currently owns 42 points, the second-most among Cannons and fourth-highest total in the league, through 11 games played during the 2014 season.