OGDEN -- Weber State University women's soccer coach Tim Crompton announced Monday that Mike Manning has joined the Wildcats' staff as an assistant coach.
Manning, who served as the teams volunteer assistant coach in 2011, replaces longtime Wildcats coach Tom VudhiVadhana, who retired last month.
"I'd really like to thank coach Crompton for giving me this opportunity," Manning said. "It has been a lifelong goal of mine to be able to coach at the highest collegiate level."
Manning is well known in the Utah and regional coaching circles, having coached in the Utah Olympic Development Program since 2006. He enters his seventh season with the ODP in 2012.
He also helped found the Junior Wildcats, a grassroots level youth recreation soccer program based in Ogden.
"We are happy to have Mike on our staff," Crompton said. "He brings a great amount of knowledge to Weber State, and will be an invaluable asset to our program."
Manning also served as the director of coaching for Utah Rush FC for four years from 2005-09.
A native of Santa Monica, Calif., Manning also spent four years working with U.S. Soccer in an administrative and support role, travelling both domestically and internationally.
Manning's older brother, Rich, is currently the head coach at the University of Utah.
"I look forward to a healthy and competitive in-state rivalry with him," said Mike, who also has two younger sisters, Elizabeth and Maureen.
Manning, who currently holds a USSF "C" license, lives in Layton.