Redmond High has tapped a coach with state championship experience in high school, as well as a stint in college coaching, to lead its baseball program.
Stan Manley most recently was head coach for two seasons at NCAA Division III Linfield College in McMinnville, where he announced his retirement in May, according to a news release from Linfield. After leading the Wildcats to a 24-18 record in 2018, they went 7-33 in Manley’s second season. He previously served as lead assistant under longtime Linfield coach Scott Carnahan, helping the team to Northwest Conference regular season and tournament championships in 2017.
Manley compiled a 241-140 record during two stints at Sheldon High in Eugene, from 1991-99 and 2011-15, including Class 6A state titles in 2013 and 2015, according to Linfield’s bio of Manley. He was also named 6A coach of the year in the two state title years.
“My wife and I are thrilled to move to Central Oregon and begin this new work at Redmond High School,” Manley said in a Redmond School District news release. “I love the game of baseball and teaching student-athletes. I cannot wait to start this new journey for myself and Redmond Panther baseball.”
District Athletic Director Kevin Bryant said Manley stood out not just for his coaching success, but because he used the platform to create a “transformational sport experience” for his athletes.
“Throughout his coaching career, Stan has taken the talent given him and maximized it into a highly functioning and successful program,” Bryant said in the statement. “I am confident he will do the same at Redmond High School.”
Manley was a three-year letter winner at Linfield, where the Wildcats won a conference title in his senior season, according to the school. He also met his wife, Liz, there, and graduated in 1982 with a business degree. His father, Gene, and son, Zach, also played baseball for Linfield.
Manley will also serve as an instructional assistant at Redmond High, according to the district.
Manley worked for more than 20 years in the health care industry before recently beginning a new career as a certified academic and life coach, according to Linfield.
Manley replaces former Redmond baseball coach Doug Taylor, who was recently named a vice principal at the school.