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Camps will be conducted by the University of Utah Coaching Staff, current and former Ute players, as well as other college, club, ODP and high school coaches.

Rich Manning

Head Coach

Experience: 14th Season

Alma Mater: Santa Clara

“I am passionate about soccer and I believe you have to jump all the way in to truly know the game.  Our camps are designed for each player to get the full soccer experience.   We want everyone to get a feel for the ball, to read the game, to run hard, to experience competition and to learn about real teamwork.   And after doing all of that, you will walk away loving the game more than ever before.”

--Rich Manning

Rich Manning is entering his 13th season as the Utah head women's soccer coach. During his tenure, Manning has established Utah Women's Soccer as an elite program in the west.

He has coached the Utes to an NCAA Tournament berth in six of his years at the helm. Prior to joining the Pac-12, Manning directed Utah to three Mountain West Conference regular-season championships (2003, `05, `06) and a pair of league tournament titles (2003, `04).

It was a special 2013 for the Utes who notched their best finish since joining the Pac-12, placing third, and earning their sixth NCAA Tournament bid in the process. The Utes also went undefeated at home in 11 matches at Ute Field.

Defender Jenny Hutton, goalkeeper Linsey Luke and midfielder Katie Taylor were recognized nationally for their success on the field as they were named All-Pacific Region by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Utah had four players receive postseason honors from the Pac-12 as Hutton and Luke were each named second team all-conference, junior Ashton Hall was an honorable mention selection and midfielder Katie Rigby was named to the all-freshman team.

In the classroom, Utah had the third-highest GPA among Pac-12 schools and was awarded a NSCAA Team Academic Award while Jenny Hutton was named a NSCAA Academic All-American, the first for the Utes since 2006.

Since the award was instituted in 1996, Utah has been named 12 times, including the last four seasons. The Utes are second all-time among Pac-12 schools, trailing only Washington (13).

Seventeen members of the Utah women's soccer team earned Pac-12 Conference academic honors. Four student-athletes, Sarah Duncan, Ashton Hall, Katie Rigby and Megan Trabert were named to the second team while 13 other Utes earned honorable mention accolades.

Since joining the Pac-12, Utah women's soccer has had 38 players earn academic honors from the conference, including nine student-athletes in 2011 and 12 in 2012.

Named Utah's head coach in January of 2002, Manning has led the Utes to a 138-85-29 (.605) overall record, averaging 12 wins per year. Utah is also 56-27-10 against conference foes under Manning's direction, posting a league win percentage over of .656 over the last 12 years.

Manning captured his 100th career win as a head coach during the 2009 season, all of which have come at Utah, with a 2-0 victory over Princeton at Ute Field on Sept. 9. Earlier that year, before injuries took a severe toll on the team, the Utes climbed to their first national ranking since 2006 after shutting out No. 19 Santa Clara, 1-0, reaching as high as No. 21 in the national polls.

In 2008, Manning and the Utes took on a challenging schedule with one of his most youthful teams, featuring only two senior starters. After a slow beginning, Manning coached his team to an 11-9-2 record, winning six of their last seven regular-season games to finish second in the conference. The second seed in the MWC Tournament, Utah reached the finals after defeating TCU in the semis, avenging their regular-season loss in Fort Worth.

In 2006, Utah tied a school record for victories, finishing 16-5-1 giving Manning his third MWC Coach of the Year Award. Additionally, Adele Letro became Utah's first player ever to be named an All-American. The Utes were the first MWC team ever to record seven league victories, winning the 2006 conference title with a perfect 7-0-0 mark. Utah did not allow a goal in conference play, setting school and MWC records. 2006 also marked the third time in four years that the Utes hosted opening-weekend games in the NCAA Tournament. Utah finished that season ranked in the top 25 in each of the major polls.

Manning kicked off his Utah tenure in historic fashion, directing the Utes to their first-ever win over a top-25 team with a 2-0 shutout of No. 3 Portland at Ute Field on Sept. 1, 2002. The following week, Utah vaulted into the national rankings for the first time. Utah finished 13-4-3 overall and 4-1-1 to place second in the MWC that year, as Manning earned MWC Coach of the Year in his inaugural season.

The Utes advanced to their first-ever NCAA Tournament in 2002, defeating arch rival BYU 3-2 in overtime in the first round. Manning and the Utes set the tone as a program that would be tough to score against, ranking 29th in the NCAA in goals against average (0.29).

The program continued to flourish in 2003 when Utah tied its single-season wins mark with a 16-2-2 record as Manning was recognized as the NSCAA West Region Coach of the Year. The Utes finished the season in the Top 25 rankings for the first time, coming in at No. 24 in the final NSCAA poll. Utah's defense ranked second in the NCAA in goals against average (0.436) and fifth in shutout percentage (0.65).

The Utes were unbeaten at home that year and also captured their first-ever outright league title with a 6-0 record. The Utes hosted the MWC Tournament for the first time, defeating BYU 2-0 in the championship game. Utah then hosted NCAA first and second round games at Ute Field--another program first. In 2004, Utah went 13-6-3, won the MWC Tournament and earned another NCAA Tournament berth. The Utes recorded one of their most impressive road victories, winning at No. 7 UCLA.

A 14-7-1 record in 2005 saw the Utes claim the MWC regular-season title with a 6-0-1 mark as Manning earned MWC Coach of the Year honors once again. The U. began the season with six consecutive wins for the best start in school history and were once again one of the top defensive teams in the nation, ranking 24th in goals against average (.707).

Manning has worked with Region IV Olympic Development Program teams over the past six years. He has coached the Region IV U-18 and U-16 girls' teams, which annually draw the top players from 13 western states.

Before assuming the top position at Utah, Manning was on the women's coaching staff for four years at Santa Clara (1998-2001). He was an assistant coach for three years before being promoted to associate head coach. Manning helped direct the Broncos to four NCAA Tournament appearances, three NCAA College Cups (national semifinals) and the 2001 NCAA Championship. During his tenure, Santa Clara went 84-11-2 and won three West Coast Conference championships. Nine players Manning recruited and coached at Santa Clara made the U.S. National Team. Manning also coached two National Players of the Year, Mandy Clemens (1999) and Aly Wagner (2001).

Prior to joining the Santa Clara staff, Manning worked with numerous youth programs in Southern California. From 1994-97, he was head coach at Los Alamitos High School, where he produced two CIF championships and sent eight players to NCAA Division I programs. Manning took 1996 CIF Coach of the Year honors and was named the 1997 Orange County Coach of the Year.

Along with his success at Los Alamitos, Manning helped develop the S.C. Blues soccer club in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., into one of the nation's top girls' youth programs.

Manning played at Santa Clara from 1982-1986 under former U.S. National Team coaches Steve Sampson and Ralph Perez. As a senior, Manning was captain of the Broncos. He earned All-Far West accolades as a junior. Manning, 45, graduated from Santa Clara cum laude with a B.S. in mathematics in 1986, followed by a master's in education from Azusa Pacific in 1996.

Manning married Susan Moynihan in January of 2009.

Career Highlights

  • Over 25 Years of Soccer Camp Coaching Experience
  • University of Utah Head Coach (2002 – Present)
    • Mountain West Conference Champions (2003, 2005, 2006)
    • Mountain West Conference Tournament Champions (2003, 2004)
    • NCAA Tournament (2002, 2003 2004, 2005, 2006)
  • Santa Clara University Assistant Coach (1998 – 2001)
    • 2001 NCAA Champions
  • 1998, 1999, College Cup (Final Four)
  • Club Coach:  Southern California Blues (1993-1998)
  • ODP Coach, State and Regional Level (1998 – Present)
  • High School Coach (1987- 1998)
  • High School Math Teacher (1987 – 1998)
  • Playing Experience:  Player and Captain, Santa Clara University (1982-1986)

Scott Halasz

Assistant Coach

Experience: 3rd Season

Alma Mater: Seattle University

Graduated: 2003

Scott Halasz is entering his second season as an assistant coach. Halasz joined the Utes after serving in the same capacity at Pacific Lutheran University.

Halasz, who has almost 15 years of coaching experience also served as a coach with the Washington Premier soccer club and was the Washington Premier ECNL Director. Since 2005, Halasz coached numerous Washington state ODP and EDP teams, including most recently as Region IV ODP Girls 96s assistant coach.

"Scott stresses good communication, teamwork, player development and coaching the whole person - things we value greatly here," Manning added. "He has strong relationships throughout the soccer world that will help us in recruiting. We look forward to his contributions."

A men's soccer assistant coach at Tacoma Community College from 2005-07, Halasz graduated from Seattle University in 2003.

Gabe Smart

Assistant Coach

Experience: 4th Season

Alma Mater: BYU, 1999

Gabrielle (Gabe) Smart is entering her third season as a part of the Utah coaching staff.

"Gabe has been one of the leading coaches in the state of Utah over the last several years," said Manning. "Her work with the Utah Avalanche club has helped lead them to national prominence so I was excited to hear about her interest in returning to the college game."

Smart has built an accomplished coaching resume across several levels, including college, high school and club soccer. In her last collegiate post, Smart started the soccer program at Utah Valley University and was its head coach from 2002-05. She also acted as the academic advisor for several sports.

"Gabe is an excellent coach, good motivator and has an outstanding eye for talent. She will bring a positive spirit to our group and, with her experience as an academic counselor, fits well with our philosophy to prepare our players for success off the field. We're excited about our future and the great challenges of playing Pac-12 soccer. We welcome Gabe with the confidence that she will help us achieve our highest goals."

Smart has coached several elite club teams in the state of Utah. She comes to the Utes from the Utah Avalanche Girls' Soccer Club, where she has served as the Director of Coaching since 2007. Smart's Avalanche 98 squad has won three consecutive State Cup championships from 2009-2011 and reached the quarterfinals at regionals. Her 91 Black U17 team was State Cup Champion in 2008 as well. In addition to her assistant coaching duties at Utah, Smart will remain the head coach for the Avalanche 98 and 96 ECNL (Elite Club National League) teams.

Smart also coached the accomplished Avalanche 94 Black team, which won a U.S. club regional tournament, reached the semifinals at nationals, won the Disney Showcase, President's Day and Las Vegas Showcase tournaments and reached the semifinals at Surf Cup.

Prior to the Avalanche, Smart won a State Cup title with her Inter FC U16 91 team in 2007. She was the director of coaching at Inter from 2004-07 and was the head coach and trainer for the Celtic Storm Soccer Club from 1998-2003, capturing three state titles. During that time she was also the head coach at Orem High School in 2002 and an assistant coach at Springville High School from 2000-2001.

Smart played her collegiate soccer at Brigham Young from 1994-96. She graduated from BYU in 1999 with a B.S. in Recreation Management. Originally from Whittier, Calif., she played high school soccer for La Serna High School and was a member of the Whittier Gold Stars club team.