Manning returns to Michigan as OLBs coach

Manning returns to Michigan as OLBs coach

Roy Manning, a former Michigan linebacker, returns to his alma mater for his second coaching stint. (Photo: UM)

Roy Manning, a former Michigan linebacker, returns to his alma mater for his second coaching stint. (Photo: UM)

[dropcap]F[/dropcap]ormer Michigan linebacker Roy Manning is returning to the program as outside linebackers coach.

It will be Manning’s second stint working under Wolverine head coach Brady Hoke. He served as an offensive graduate assistant in 2011, Hoke’s first season in Ann Arbor.

He fills the void created when Wolverine defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery left for the same position at Oklahoma earlier this month.

“Roy was a graduate assistant for us in 2011, and we always knew if there was ever an opportunity to bring him back, we would love to,” Hoke said. “We think he’s one of the top young coaches in our profession. He knows our expectations.

“He knows what it means to wear that winged helmet. He knows Michigan.”

A four-year letterman from 2001-04, Manning started 10 games as a senior. He played three seasons in the NFL with five teams before becoming a coach.

His first coaching job came as a defensive quality control assistant in Butch Jones‘ Cincinnati in 2010.

Manning returned to the Bearcats as running backs coach in 2012, but was not part of Jones’ staff at Tennessee. In January, he was hired in the same position at Northern Illinois.

Michigan opens spring practice March 16.

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