The 2019-20 season marked Pat Manning's 30th season as the head coach of the Ephs, having started at Williams in the summer of 1990. In this season, Manning led her team to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen game, but it was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Manning, the all-time winningest coach in Williams history — men or women — won her 400th game on Feb. 16th, 2018. Manning has taken nine teams to the NCAA Tournament in her 28 years — only 24 years of NCAA eligibility due to NESCAC rules. She has guided the Ephs to the Sweet 16 four times, including twice in the last nine years.
In her most successful year in her career, Manning led her Ephs to the final four in 2012-2013, compiling a record of 27-6 and earning 2013 D3Hoops.com Northeast Region Coach of the Year.
In her 30 seasons at Williams the Ephs have won 20 or more games in a season nine times. They have won or shared the Little 3 title 13 times.
In the 1998-99 season, Manning guided the Ephs to a 25-2 record and a spot in the Elite 8 where their run ended in a loss to Salem State. That season she was named the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Northeast Region Coach of the Year, the NESCAC Coach of the Year and the New England Women’s Basketball Association Coach of the Year.
Manning was also the head coach of volleyball at Williams from 1990 to 1998. In 1995, she was named the NESCAC Volleyball Coach of the Year. In 1998 she led the Ephs to the Sweet 16. She finished with a 218-87 mark (.715 win percentage).
In July of 2011, Manning was named to the Women's Basketball Coaches Association’s Board of Directors.
Prior to being hired at Williams in 1990, Manning was the head softball coach at Skidmore College (1988-90) and the assistant women’s basketball coach for one year and the assistant in both sports for the year before that. Prior to that, she was an assistant women’s basketball coach at Smith College (1986-88) while working at Mount Holyoke as the head softball coach for two seasons.
Manning coached the Dryden (N.Y.) High School girls’ basketball team for five seasons prior to matriculating at Smith, where she earned her Masters of Science in Exercise and Sports Studies. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree from SUNY Cortland in Physical Education with a minor in Psychology.
Manning resides in Williamstown with her daughter Libbie.
25 years 446-192 (.699)
(Winningest basketball coach at Williams, male or female)
1998 ECAC-New England Champions
1999 NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals
1999 NESCAC Coach of the Year
1999 New England Women's Basketball Association Coach of the Year
1999 Women's Basketball Coaches Association Northeast Region
2013 NCAA Tournament Final Four (won third place game)
2013 D3Hoops.com Northeast Region Coach of the Year