Justin Manning
Justin Manning
Title: Defensive Coordinator
Email: Justin.Manning@tufts.edu
Recruiting Areas: ISL Schools, DC, Florida, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia

Justin Manning, who has coached in Division I for the last five seasons at Duke University and Eastern Illinois University, has been hired as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Tufts.

This marks a return to Tufts for Coach Manning, who was the team's cornerbacks coach and video coordinator for the 2016 season. From there he was hired at Duke as assistant defensive line coach and defensive qualify control coach for the 2017-19 seasons. In 2020 he was the assistant coach for the defensive line and outside linebackers at Eastern Illinois. He went back to Duke as a special assistant to former head coach David Cutcliffe for the 2021 season.

"Coach Manning is a rising star in the coaching ranks and we are thrilled to hire him as our defensive coordinator," Coach Civetti continued. "We know the caliber of who he is as a person and as a coach from the year he spent on our staff previously, and he comes strongly recommended by many others. His passion for the game, for coaching and for working with college players will have a strong influence on our guys on and off the field."

At Duke, Coach Manning worked with defensive lineman DeWayne Carter who was an All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) selection in 2021. He also coached defensive ends Chris Rumph and Victor Dimukeje with the Blue Devils. Both were All-ACC and NFL draft picks.

A native of Raleigh, North Carolina, Manning is a 2011 graduate of North Carolina Central University with a degree in business administration. He was a four-year letter-winner (2008-11) as a fullback with the Eagles. He has earned three master's degrees, in athletic administration at NC State, in criminal justice from Fayetteville State University and in administrative studies from Boston College. Manning went right into coaching with roles at Fayetteville State (2012-13) and Boston College (2014-2015) prior to coming to Tufts for the first time. With the Jumbos in 2016, he coached All-Conference first team cornerback Tim Preston.

"My family and I are super excited to come back to Boston and join the Tufts Football family," Coach Manning said. "This is a first-class university and program coupled with elite academics and a great football tradition. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to invest n and develop the young people inside our football program. I can't wait to hit the ground running."

What They are Saying About Justin Manning ...

"Justin Manning is an outstanding coach and teacher. He's got a great understanding of what it takes to win in football as well as being a great relationship builder with players and staff. He will have impact on and off the field."

- David Cutcliffe, Former Head Coach Duke University

"Justin is an outstanding coach! His greatest strength is his ability to connect with the young men under his mentorship. I'm really excited not only for Justin, but for the young men who will have the opportunity to learn, grow, and develop under his leadership as the defensive coordinator at Tufts University."

- Ben Albert, University of Massachusetts Assistant Head Coach

"Justin is honest, dependable, and incredibly hard-working. Beyond that, he has an incredible ability to connect and build meaningful relationships with the student-athletes under his tutelage. His knowledge of the game from all angles will be a huge asset to the Tufts program. Justin is a complete leader and young star in the profession."

- Al Washington, Notre Dame Run Game Coordinator

"Justin is a tremendous football coach. From a football perspective, he is incredibly bright and very knowledgeable of scheme. More importantly, he is an excellent fundamental teacher of the game. His endless passion and positive attitude allows him to connect easily to his players and helps them improve on a daily basis.I have no doubt he will succeed at Tufts."

- Adam Cushing, Former Head Coach Eastern Illinois, Duke University Offensive Line Coach