When Jerry Montgomery departed for Oklahoma last week the first name to pick up steam as his likely replacement was that of former Michigan linebacker, Roy Manning. The four-year letterman (2001-2004) played in the NFL for three seasons (2005-2007), before transitioning into coaching. He spent one season at Cincinnati as a defensive assistant in 2010, then returned to Ann Arbor as a graduate assistant working with the offensive line in 2011. Manning then made his way back to Cincinnati in 2012 as the running backs coach, but the move was short-lived. When then Bearcat head coach Butch Jones departed for Tennessee after the season, Manning accepted a position at Northern Illinois coaching running backs.
His obvious Michigan ties, familiarity with Brady Hoke, and reputation as an up-and-coming recruiter virtually assured him at least an interview with his alma mater. After going through that interview process last week Manning received word today that he’d officially gotten the job. The Saginaw, MI native announced the news of his hire via his twitter page.
"I'm excited to come back home to the University of Michigan," said Manning. "I played and went to school here, and there is no place like it, anywhere. I want to thank Coach Hoke and the rest of the staff for giving me this opportunity. I understand the significance of saying, 'I am a Michigan Man,' and I will work every day to make our kids better players, students and, most importantly, people. It is a tremendous honor to be here, and now it is time to go to work."
"We couldn't be more excited to have Roy back as part of our staff," said Hoke. "As someone who played here and went on to play in the NFL, the passion, energy and integrity he coaches and lives with every day, he will be a great asset to our program.
"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. 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."
Manning’s role as outside linebackers coach confirms prior speculation that defensive coordinator Greg Mattison will assume Montgomery’s prior duties coaching the defensive line.
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Stay tuned to GoBlueWolverine for more on this development in the coming days.