My favorite sports event/memory/moment is ... watching my two boys play in their first lacrosse games. However, my favorite sporting event has to be watching my Chicago Bears at Soldier Field with my two boys for the first time!
Manitta is a highly accomplished lacrosse coach with two decades of experience and a long history of success on the high school, Division III, II and Division I levels. He comes to Centercourt fresh off a 2 year stint at Drew University and member of the 2017 Landmark Conference coaching staff of the year as the top assistant coach and offensive coordinator.
Manitta was named head coach of the Division I Manhattan College Jaspers in 2013 where he guided the Jaspers to individual and team accomplishments Manitta recruited the program's first three high school All-Americans, coached five All-MAAC Conference selections, and developed the 2014 MAAC Long Stick Midfielder of the Year. The team also placed 12 student-athletes on the MAAC All-Academic Team during his tenure. Manitta's lacrosse coaching career began in 1993 at Roxbury High School, where he was hired as the program's first coach. By his third season at Roxbury, he qualified the team for the NJSIAA State Playoffs. Manitta went on to accept the head coach position at Chatham High School in 2001 and compiled a 115-47 record over nine seasons. He was named the Star Ledger and Daily Record Coach of the Year in 2002 and coached five All-Americans, a State Player of the Year, and a State Midfielder of the Year during his time at Chatham. Strong recruiting skills and 16 years of player development inspired Manitta to seek his first collegiate coaching position in 2010. He was hired as the first head lacrosse coach in Mercy College history and also served as an assistant athletic director until 2012. His accolades at Mercy included an East Coast Conference Coach of the Year award in 2011 after posting an 11-3 record and a No. 7 national ranking. He recruited and developed the Division II Goalkeeper of the Year in 2011 and created the program's strength and conditioning platform.