Post University athletics has a new leader. After spending last year in the interim role, Mike Mannetti has been named Post’s Athletic Director. Also serving as the university’s sprint football coach, Mannetti has his hands full gearing up for the new athletic year.
The Waterbury-native has been entrenched in the city’s sports community for many years. A graduate of Holy Cross High School, Mannetti was a star center on the Crusaders football team as he earned All-City, All-Naugatuck Valley League, and All-State honors over his career. He later spent 10 years on the coaching staff at his alma mater and helped lead Holy Cross to five playoff appearances, including the Class SS State Championship in 2006 and the 2011 Class S State Championship.
|Post University Athletic Director Mike Mannetti|
Mannetti first came to Post in 2010 as the Offensive Coordinator for the University’s inaugural sprint football season under then head coach Pete Ewald. After Ewald left Post to become the head coach at Franklin Pierce, Mannetti took over as head coach, leading the Eagles to their best season ever with a 5-2 record and a third place finish in the Collegiate Sprint Football
When former Athletic Director Anthony Fallacaro left to take the same position at Southern New Hampshire University, Mannetti took hold of the reigns. This year Post Athletics has had one of its most successful years in recent memory with three All-Americans, the men’s soccer team being ranked as a high as #5 in the country, and the successful launch of our men’s lacrosse program.
Mannetti has also been instrumental in the launch of two additional sports for 2014-15, women’s bowling and women’s golf, to bring the total up to 18 intercollegiate athletic programs, including the sprint football program, and the three equestrian programs. There could be more sports upcoming as Post is looking into adding ice hockey and rowing in the near future.
A key priority for Mannetti is attracting an even larger group of talented student-athletes to our competitive NCAA Division II program. Other goals Mannetti would like to address are growth of the athletic alumni database and further defining Post’s athletic brand.
The Waterbury Republican-American also picked up the story and we put out a release on Post Eagles.com.
It’s a very exciting time in athletics here at Post and Mannetti looks to lead the Eagles into a new chapter of success.