- Assistant Football Coach - Linebackers Coach/Community Engagement Coordinator
Dakota Manion enters his first year as an assistant football coach at Wilmington College in 2020. He will serve as the program's linebackers coach and community engagement coordinator.
Manion comes to Wilmington from Hanover College where he graduated in May with a degree in health and movement studies. A four-year letterwinner and two-time captain, Manion anchored the Panther defense to consecutive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) championships. For his efforts, Manion garnered three All-HCAC honors including earning First Team All-HCAC recognition twice.
Since graduating in May, Manion stayed at Hanover and worked as a student coach with the football program has well as a strength and conditioning intern for the football and men's basketball programs.
"We have a lot of respect for the staff and program that Coach Theobald has rebuilt at Hanover College, and when Dakota interviewed with us, he left us no choice but to hire him," Head Football Coach Bryan Moore said. "His football IQ for someone with no coaching experience is at an extremely high level. Dakota took a chance on Hanover when he chose to go there after Hanover went 2-8 the previous season, which I'm sure was a 'TUFF' decision for him. This is quite like the decision a lot of our upperclassmen had to make when my staff got to Wilmington. The experiences of playing linebacker at an All-Conference level for a playoff team will make him an asset in our linebacker room."
*Last updated - August 11, 2020