Brian McManus

Brian McManus is a Scottish former football midfielder who is currently a Director of Coaching for the La Jolla Impact Select soccer club and the head coach of the UC San Diego women's soccer team. He is a four-time NCAA Coach of the Year and has led UC San Diego to seven national championships. He also played in Scotland, one season in the Western Soccer Alliance and one in the American Professional Soccer League.

Brian McManus
Personal information
Place of birth Scotland
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1969–70 Raith Rovers[1]
1986 San Diego Nomads
1989 San Diego Nomads
1990 Portland Timbers
Teams managed
Torrey Pines High School
1986 UC San Diego (assistant)
1987– UC San Diego
1988 San Diego Nomads
1989 San Diego Nomads (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


McManus played professionally in Scotland for Raith Rovers and Aberdeen F.C. At some point, he moved to the United States. In 1986, he played for the San Diego Nomads of the Western Soccer Alliance, and again in 1989. In 1990, he was with the Portland Timbers of the American Professional Soccer League. During these years, he was establishing himself as one of the top women's collegiate soccer coaches in the nation.


According to his biography, he coached semi-pro soccer in Los Angeles, but there is no mention of a team, league or relevant years. At some point in his career he coached the Torrey Pines High School boys' team. In 1986, UC San Diego hired McManus as an assistant with its women's soccer team. In 1987, he became the head coach, a position he holds to this day. When McManus took on responsibility for the Tritons, they played at the Division III level. From 1986 until 1999, the Tritons won five Division III championships (1989, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999). During those years, McManus was a three-time NCAA coach of the year. In 2000, the Tritons moved up to Division II. McManus and his team quickly proved themselves, winning two consecutive national championships (2000, 2001) while McManus was the 2001 Division II Coach of the Year. He was also listed as the semi-pro San Diego Nomads head coach at the beginning of the 1988 season, when Derek Armstrong was their Director of Operations.[2] The following year during the Nomads WSL championship run, he was listed as a player/coach, with Armstrong as the head coach.[3]

See also


  1. "RAITH ROVERS : 1946/47 - 2013/14". Neil Brown. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  2. Brents, Phillips (7 April 1988). "Nomads to open season Sunday". The Star-News. Chula Vista, CA. p. D-1. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  3. Brents, Phillips (13 September 1989). "Strikers down Nomads 3-1 for pro soccer title". The Star-News. Chula Vista, CA. p. D-6. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
This article is issued from Wikipedia. The text is licensed under Creative Commons - Attribution - Sharealike. Additional terms may apply for the media files.