Flipside Face

Flipside Face

by Scott BrinkmeyerStaff Writer

For those of you who think the equipment manages itself, it’s high time you met Clint Manny.

In June of 2006, Manny became the equipment manager and assistant wrestling coach for Simpson. To say that Manny, a native of Peru, Iowa, used to wrestle is something of an understatement.

In 2005, Manny became the all-time winningest wrestler at Simpson when he won three matches at the NCAA Division III National Championships. During this impressive athletic career, Manny majored in K-12 physical education and health. Manny then student coached for the 2005-2006 season. While looking for teaching jobs, Manny was offered his current job by Head Wrestling Coach Ron Peterson.

Accepting a coaching job so soon after graduation, it was inevitable that Manny would be coaching some of his past teammates. Some might expect this to be awkward, but Manny doesn’t seem to be too bothered by it.

“There are only four or five guys on the team that I actually wrestled with,” Manny said. “It’s kind of awkward, but they are respectable, and it helps that I know them on a personal level and as wrestlers.”

The combination of equipment management and coaching affords Manny the opportunity to be surrounded by the people he enjoys.

“Being able to interact with athletes every day is the best part of my job,” Manny said.