Head Coach Christopher Manning Jr
Hello Manta DNA Family!
I am Coach Chris. I have been a member of the Prince Georges County community since 1994, matriculating through the school system as a student athlete with a primary interest in basketball and swimming. In 1999, I began my relationship with competitive swimming under Potomac Valley Swimming (PVS), competing in USA Swimming and Prince Georges County Public School swim meets while attending Surrattsville High School. Upon graduation in 2006, I obtained an athletic swimming scholarship to Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University (FAMU!!!). During my tenure at FAMU, I earned a BA in Economics with a Minor in Business.
Post-graduation I returned to the DC, Maryland, and Virginia (DMV) area where I found a home coaching for Elite Rays Swim Club in the fall of 2012. In the summer of 2013, I began serving as one of the PVS coaches at the Eastern Zone Diversity Summit and Select Camp in Boston, MA. In May 2013 and 2014, I had the opportunity to travel to Cary, North Carolina for the Black Heritage Swim Meet as one of the coaches of the combined Potomac Valley Diversity Swim Team (Team DMV). We took second place in 2013 and third place in 2014 with the combined leadership of myself and other PVS coaches. During the summer of 2014, I began coaching the summer seasons with Fort Washington Sharks and helped lead them to become the Prince Mount Swim League Division C Champions. This allowed the Fort Washington Sharks to move up and compete in Division B the following year. Since then I have continued to coach with both Elite Rays Swim Club and Fort Washington Sharks constantly growing the team and building new relationships with many families, in which I would still love to watch grow and mature.
Over the past five years, I have provided one-on-one stroke and technique instructions to new and developing swimmers. My experiences continue to develop my coaching, mentoring, and leadership skills, cultivating me into the passionate and heartfelt coach that I am today. This has only expanded my desire to shape not only the next generation of swimmers, but the next leaders of the world.