Edison High School has just announced that former football standout and NFL player Ricky Manning, Jr. is the school's new football coach.
“It’s a great day when we can welcome back one of our graduates to lead our football team,” said Edison High School principal Brian Wall. “Mr. Manning was a standout at Edison not only on the football field, but as a student – he brings experience and heart that will benefit our student athletes greatly.”
Manning played six seasons in the NFL with the Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, and St. Louis Rams, and he played in two Super Bowls .
The defensive back was drafted in the third round of the 2003 draft by the Carolina Panthers. While at UCLA, he earned Freshman All-American honors and 1st team All-Pac Ten for three consecutive years.
“I am fortunate to have this opportunity to give back to Edison High School and my community,” Ricky Manning, Jr. said. “It is my vision to build a powerhouse team; but more importantly, to teach my players to be students of the game.”
Manning eplaces Tim McDonald, who was hired as the Defensive Coach for the Fresno State Bulldogs Football Team.