Craig Manning
Mental Strength Coach
(801) 422-4464
SAB 362

Years at BYU



Dr. Craig Manning earned his bachelors degree in Psychology from Brigham Young University (1995), a master's degree in Psychology (2000) and a Doctorate in Sports Psychology (2006) from the University of Utah. Dr. Manning's thesis examined the attributions of athletes across all sports. Two publications resulted from this study.

Playing Career

Upon completion of his eligibility Dr. Manning was hired on as a full-time assistant coach at BYU. After four years as an assistant coach (two years with the men's program and two years with the women's program), Dr. Manning was selected as the head coach for the Brigham Young University women's tennis team. At the time Craig become one of the youngest Division 1 head coaches in the country. In 10 years as head coach, the BYU women's tennis team has won four Mountain West Conference titles. Dr. Manning has been honored with the Mountain West Conference coach of the year award three times (2001, 2005, 2007), and also received the NCAA regional coach of the year award in 2005.


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Played on the pro tour as an amateur before playing for BYU's men's tennis team. Was the BYU women's head tennis coach for 10 years prior to sports psychology appointment. Dr. Manning enjoys spending time with his family, playing tennis, watching movies and continual pursuit of truth. He is married to the former McKenzie Baird, and they have four children that are the light of his life.

Dr. Craig Manning is a rare performance enhancement specialist. His training incorporates multiple backgrounds that have provided a wealth of knowledge and understanding to the various components that lead to high performance. Dr. Manning has played tennis at both the collegiate and pro levels; he has coached a BYUs Division 1 tennis program - building it into a national top twenty program, and has studied at one of the elite doctoral programs in the country. These qualifications are unique to the field, giving Dr. Manning experience in the highest level of performance from the perspective of a player, coach, and Doctor of Philosophy.

Athletic Background
During the late 80's Dr. Manning traveled the world playing on the professional tennis tour as an amateur. He traveled, practiced, and played with many of the worlds top professionals including Pat Rafter and Wayne Arthurs while traveling to places such as France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Hungry, and Holland. Dr. Manning then went on to play Division 1 collegiate tennis at Brigham Young University.

BYU Hall of Fame