April 14, 2016
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Ken Mannie enters his 21st year as Michigan State's head strength and conditioning coach for football, while additionally directing and overseeing the strength and conditioning programs for all men's and women's sports. A 41-year coaching veteran, Mannie is the longest-tenured head football strength and conditioning coach in the Big Ten Conference.
Mannie's "Fourth Quarter" and "Bottom Line" offseason conditioning programs have been a significant reason for Michigan State's success in the Coach Mark Dantonio era, as the Spartans have earned a school-record eight consecutive bowl bids, including back-to-back victories in the 2014 Rose Bowl and 2015 Cotton Bowl.
In July 2014, Mannie was inducted into the USA Strength/Conditioning Coaches Hall of Fame, Collegiate Division, in recognition of over three decades of service and contributions to the strength and conditioning profession.
In May 2015, Mannie was elected to the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa) Board of Directors.
Mannie is a certified strength and conditioning specialist with the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa), the National Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (NSCA) and holds an honorary certification with the International Association of Resistance Trainers (IART). In May, 2002 at its annual conference in Salt Lake City, the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association awarded Mannie the title of Master Strength and Conditioning Coach (MSCC).
Mannie has been a keynote speaker and roundtable participant at several national conventions and seminars.
In both 2006 and 2007, he was named to Who's Who Among America's Teachers in recognition for his numerous and ongoing educational efforts in the field of strength and conditioning and in bringing awareness to the anabolic drug abuse problem in sports. He has been recognized and is widely-published on his adamant stance against performance-enhancing drugs.
In June 2007, the Michigan State Varsity S Club inducted him as an honorary member. He has written over 300 articles and four book chapters on the various aspects of strength/conditioning, speed/power development, sports nutrition, motivation, athletics, and the anabolic drug abuse issue.
Since 2000, Mannie has written the monthly column "Powerline" for Coach and Athletic Director, the nation's oldest and most prestigious coaching publication. He is also a frequent contributor to the Championship Performance newsletter.
He also serves on the advisory boards for the National Strength Professionals Association (NSPA), the information-based Athletic Strength and Power (ASAP) website, and the Ultimate Strength and Conditioning website.
Prior to his arrival at Michigan State, Mannie spent nine years in a similar capacity at the University of Toledo (1985-94). He worked for Nick Saban in 1990 when the Rockets won a share of the Mid-American Conference title and finished 9-2.
He served as a graduate assistant along with MSU head football coach Mark Dantonio at Ohio State in 1984, working with the Buckeyes' Big Ten championship football team.
A native of Steubenville, Ohio, Mannie taught and coached on the high school level for 10 years (1975-84). He spent nine of those years at his alma mater Steubenville Catholic Central where he coached football, wrestling and track.
He began his coaching career as a student assistant at Akron in 1974, working with the offensive guards and centers.
A former walk-on, Mannie became a three-year letterman and two-year starter at offensive guard for Akron from 1971-73. He started on the 1971 Zips team that finished 8-2 and ranked eighth nationally in the Division II polls.
He earned his bachelor's degree in health and physical education from Akron in 1974 and received a master's degree in exercise science from Ohio State University in 1985.
Married to the former Marianne Saccoccia, he and his wife have a daughter, Alaina Mannie Burghardt, who is a 2010 graduate of Michigan State University.
In this episode we discuss:
His journey into the Strength and Conditioning field.
Biggest mistake he has made in S&C and how he learned from it.
How he has been able to stay in one position for so long.
How he incorporates leadership training into his program.
The best piece of coaching advice he has received.
His favorite quote, Book/App/Website recommendation