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Ken Mannie
Ken Mannie

Steubenville, Ohio

Head Strength & Conditioning Coach

19th Year


MSU Strength & Conditioning Clinic Set for Feb. 7-8

Several top coaches will be featured at the seventh annual clinic.


Winter Football Conditioning in Full Force

Michigan State completed its fourth of 12 scheduled winter conditioning workouts on Monday, Feb. 11.


Spartan Strength and Conditioning Clinic Set for Feb. 8-9

Annual clinic will feature several of the top coaches in the profession.


Spartans Poised For Another Late-Season Run

Under Mark Dantonio, MSU has compiled a 13-3 record (.813) in November, including seven-straight wins.


Spartans Seeking School Record Fifth-Straight Win Over Michigan

Spartans and No. 23 Wolverines will meet for the 105th in series history Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at Michigan Stadium.

Ken Mannie is in his 19th 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. His "Fourth Quarter" and "Bottom Line" offseason conditioning programs have been a significant reason for MSU's success in the Mark Dantonio era, as the Spartans have earned a school-record five consecutive bowl bids.

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) in recognition of his professionalism, expertise, longevity and contributions to the field. He also is a professional member of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE), and the American Association for Health Education (AAHE).

In both 2006 and 2007, Mannie 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 as well as for bringing awareness to the anabolic drug abuse problem in sports.

He has written over 200 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. Mannie also has been a keynote speaker at several national conventions and seminars.

Mannie writes the monthly column "Powerline" for Scholastic Coach and Athletic Director, the nation's oldest and most prestigious coaching publication, and also is a frequent contributor to the NCAA News and the Championship Performance newsletter.

Additionally, Mannie hosts a monthly video stream for the Scholastic Coach and Athletic Director web site, called "Powerline Online," in which he covers a wide range of strength and conditioning topics and provides tips from the trenches.

Mannie has served as a consultant to several NFL teams on training equipment, program design, and the organization and administration of testing protocols. He has trained a host of collegiate players who went on to have highly successful NFL careers.

He also serves on the advisory board for the information-based Athletic Strength and Power (ASAP) website.

In June 2007, the Varsity S Club inducted Mannie as an honorary member.

Mannie has been recognized for his adamant stance against performance-enhancing drugs and serves as the narrator of "Roid Roulette: A Dangerous Game," an NCAA-recommended educational videotape on the hazards of steroid abuse.

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 alongside 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 played 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 physical education and health education with an emphasis in exercise science from Ohio State in 1985.

Married to the former Marianne Saccoccia, he and his wife have a daughter, Alaina.


YEARS AT MICHIGAN STATE: 19th. Joined staff on Dec. 8, 1994, from Toledo.

PREVIOUS COACHING EXPERIENCE: College - Graduate assistant at Ohio State (1984); head strength and conditioning coach at Toledo (1985-94). Also coached and taught at the high school level for 10 years.

EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in health and physical education from Akron in 1974; master's degree in health and physical education with an emphasis in exercise science from Ohio State in 1985.

PLAYING EXPERIENCE: College - Three-year letterman and two-year starter at offensive guard at Akron (1971-73).

BOWL EXPERIENCE: Coach - 1985 Rose Bowl, 1995 Independence Bowl, 1996 Sun Bowl, 1997 Aloha Bowl, 2000 Florida Citrus Bowl, 2001 Silicon Valley Football Classic, 2003 Alamo Bowl, 2007 Champs Sports Bowl, 2009 Capital One Bowl, 2010 Valero Alamo Bowl, 2011 Capital One Bowl, 2012 Outback Bowl, 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.


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