About the Coaches
Jason McManus, a former student-athlete at Penn State Wilkes-Barre and Hanover Area alumni, begins his second season as head baseball coach at Penn State Wilkes-Barre. Coach McManus was a member of the 1991 & 1992 CCAC Eastern Division Championship baseball teams at Penn State Wilkes-Barre, which also won the ECAC.
Coach McManus began his coaching career at Riverside High School (Taylor, PA) in 2005, where he led the Junior High baseball team to a Lackawanna Scholastic Baseball League Championship the same year, and a Division 3 Championship in 2007. In 2009, he was promoted to Head Baseball Coach for the Junior Varsity program. His coaching experience expands beyond the high school level as he served as the Head Coach for Old Forge Jr. Legion baseball team in 2008, and the Senior Legion program from 2009-2011. He led the Senior Legion team to a playoff appearance in 2010.
Coach McManus is employed by RCN Corporation, where he is a training specialist. He currently resides in Larksville, PA with his wife and two children.
Ryan Knowles will begin his second season as the assistant baseball coach at Penn State Wilkes-Barre. Coach Knowles is a former Bishop Hoban standout, where he won two Wyoming Valley Conference Championships and a District 2 AA Title. He was the team Captain and Offensive Player of the Year during his senior year. He was a two time WVC All-Conference Selection as a junior and senior during the 2006 and 2007 seasons. He also was a key part of the Pocono Region Team for the Keystone State Games for three years. Coach Knowles went on to play collegiately at King’s College and graduated with a bachelor of science degree in biology.
Coach Knowles is employed at Interstate Blood and Plasma, where he is a quality assurance coordinator. He currently resides in Plains, PA.
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