Ryan Manning | Associate Head Coach
Western Michigan alumnus Ryan Manning enters his 11th season as an assistant coach with the Broncos and his seventh season as associate head coach. Manning has served in a variety of roles within the program, including being the Broncos’ recruiting coordinator.
Manning has been an assistant for Colleen Munson in every one of her years as a head coach after spending five seasons as an assistant at East Carolina.
Manning has been instrumental in helping WMU to eight straight 20-win seasons from 2005-12, as well as another in 2014, and has helped the Broncos to NCAA Tournament appearances in 2008, 2011 and 2014. The 2008 Broncos went on to win two matches in the NCAA Tournament over Dayton and No. 16 Tulane to reach the round of 16 for the first time since 1987 and fifth time in school history.
In 2011, Manning helped lead the Broncos to a 24-9 season and an at-large bid in the NCAA Tournament, where the Broncos took on the #11 Washington Huskies in the first round, hosted in Minneapolis. The season was the seventh consecutive 20-win season for the Broncos, the first time in program history the team had recorded the feat. Most recently, the Broncos won four matches in as many days to shock the field at the 2014 MAC Tournament, upsetting top-seeded Ohio and third-seeded Miami to win the program's first Tournament championship since 2000 and go to the NCAA Tournament.
As the Broncos’ recruiting coordinator he has helped prepare WMU for immediate yet sustained success, with ability to boast five MAC Freshmen of the Year in Jessica Brown (2009), Terin Norris (2011), Stephenee Yancy (2012), Ave Stout (2013) and Sydney LeMay (2014).
The 2006 recruiting class earned Prepvolleyball.com Highest Honorable Mention honors, with three members of that class starting as freshmen. Katie Eberling and Caitlin Strimel earned MAC All-Freshman Team honors in 2006 and Michelle Moore was First Team All-MAC in 2007 and 2008. He has gone on to help bring in 2008 Second Team All-MAC middle blocker Jaime Gotham and 2007 MAC All-Freshman Team outside hitter Allyson Doyle.
Moore went on to set a new school record in career kills, Strimel set a new school record in career digs and Eberling set a new school record in career kills-digs double-doubles. The Broncos’ 2009 recruiting class received High Honorable Mention and the 2010 class was rated as Highest Honorable Mention.
As an assistant coach at ECU (2000-04), Manning served as recruiting coordinator, scouted opponents and served as the director of volleyball camps that were attended by over 200 athletes each year.
In 2000, Manning helped East Carolina to its first winning record since 1995. The team went 17-13 and finished third in the Colonial Athletic Association and ranked sixth regionally, the first regional ranking in school history.
ECU made the move up in competition to Conference USA in 2001 and Munson and Manning guided the team to the Conference USA Tournament in their first season in the league.
A native of Woodridge, Ill., Manning spent one year as a volunteer assistant at Western Michigan alongside Munson in 1999. In that season, WMU went 25-7 overall and 15-3 in the Mid-American Conference, while advancing to the MAC Tournament championship match.
Manning was also active with the WMU men’s club volleyball team for four seasons as president, captain and coach during his career. He was an accomplished player on the squad as he was a three-time all-conference selection and was named to the All-Midwest 10 team. He was team and Midwest 10 League MVP for WMU in 2000. Since returning to WMU, Manning has helped coach the club team each of the past two seasons.
As a high school coach, Manning led the Portage (Mich.) Northern High School junior varsity to a 118-10 record over two seasons (1997-98), including two league titles and one undefeated season.
He also has been a successful club coach for the Kalamazoo Dead Frogs Junior Volleyball Club. He led the 17s to a fifth-place finish and the 16s to a ninth-place finish at the national championships. Two of his players earned All-America honors at the national tournament. Manning resumed his duties coaching the Dead Frogs upon his return to Kalamazoo.
Manning also has international coaching experience after going to Osaka, Japan, in January of 2004 to work with the Sakai Blazers, a men’s professional team consisting of five Olympians (among them was Brook Billings of the USA) coached by Manning’s high school club coach, Gordon Mayforth.
Manning is a 2000 graduate of Western Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in advertising. He attended Downers Grove (Ill.) South High School and was an all-area volleyball first team selection and a member of the Mizuno All-Star Team as a senior.
Manning and his wife, Brandy, are the parents of Isabelle, Vienna, and Treyden. The family resides in Portage.
Kyle Stahl | Assistant Coach
Kyle Stahl, a Western Michigan alumnus with years of volleyball playing and coaching experience at WMU and at the club level, enters his fifth season as a full-time assistant coach with the Broncos.
Stahl recently helped coach the Broncos to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2011 and second time in his tenure, with WMU winning four matches in as many days in the 2014 Mid-American Conference Tournament. The Broncos stunned the top-seeded Ohio Bobcats in the semifinal round and came back from a 2-0 match deficit to defeat the Miami RedHawks in the championship, claiming WMU's first Tournament title since the 2000 season.
In 2011, his first year as a full-time assistant coach, Stahl helped the Broncos to a 24-9 record and an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament. The season was the seventh consecutive 20-win season for the Broncos, a first in program history, and saw the Broncos take on the #11 Washington Huskies in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Stahl worked as a student assistant under Coach Munson from August 2007 until December 2010, giving him an intimate knowledge of both the Broncos as well as the rest of the MAC. Stahl has been part of five of the Broncos’ seven 20-win seasons under Munson, including a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances in 2008 and 2011. Stahl was an undergraduate assistant on the 2008 Broncos team that defeated Dayton and Tulane in the NCAA Tournament and made its way to the Sweet 16 round.
Stahl is recognized as an accomplished club coach in the region, having coached regional teams to great achievements. Stahl has coached Lakeshore High Performance over the last two seasons; in 2011, he led them to a bronze medal in the Gold division at the 2011 High Performance championships in Tucson, Ariz. It was the first time any time from the Lakeshore region had ever medaled at the prestigious tournament.
In addition, Stahl was the 18s national coach for the Dead Frog club team based in Portage; in 2011, Stahl led the team to a first place finish in the consolation bracket and 15th-place finish overall in the 18 open division at the AAU National Tournament in Orlando, Fla. DFFO 18 Silver too third place in the 18s Club Division at AAU Nationals in 2014.
Stahl has been an active participant at various volleyball camps across the country. Between 2007 and the present, Stahl has assisted at Western Michigan (2007-10), Michigan State (2008, 2010), and the Joe Getzin camps at Mississippi (2008). In addition, Stahl served as both a head and assistant coach at the Michigan Volleyball Academies from 2007-08.
Stahl was an accomplished men’s club volleyball player at Western Michigan, where he spent six years as a starting middle blocker. Stahl also acted as team coach from 2007-10, implementing practice plans and giving feedback to players. In 2008, the team was named a National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) Division I-AA Finalist.
Stahl has been a member of the American Volleyball Coaches Assocation (AVCA) since 2009 and a United States of America Volleyball (USAV) member since 2007. He received his Impact certification in March 2008 and his CAP certification in April 2007. Stahl graduated from Western Michigan in December 2010 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Physical Education, and earned his Master's degree in Sports Management in April 2014. He married his wife Melissa in December 2013.
Cameron Rowland | Director of Operations
Cameron Rowland enters his first season as the Director of Volleyball Operations for the Western Michigan Broncos after having spent a year as a volunteer assistant coach with the program. He will work as the team’s liaison to the Spiker’s Club, alumni, and the WMU Marketing department. Rowland is also responsible for planning the team’s community outreach programs, utilizing social media to better interact with fans, and assist the rest of the coaching staff with summer volleyball camps, travel accommodations, and other administrative duties.
Rowland has worked extensively in the local volleyball scene, having coached Kalamazoo club Dead Frogs in various capacities since 2013. He most recently served as head coach for the 16-1s in 2015 after spending the previous two years as an assistant coach on the 18-1s from 2013-14. Before that, Rowland assisted his parents in coaching Lakewood High School until 2013.
In addition to his coaching career, Rowland played on the Grand Valley State men’s club volleyball team from 2011-14. He coached the team during the 2014-15 season, when they finished ninth in the National Club Volleyball Federation national tournament. Before that, Rowland played for AAU club Carpe Diem from 2006-11.
Rowland has assisted at various college camps over the past several years, working at Wisconsin, Michigan State and Hope College from 2013-14. He graduated from Grand Valley State in 2015.
Russ Carney | Volunteer Assistant
Longtime Michigan State and WMU assistant Russ Carney will return to Kalamazoo as a volunteer assistant coach for the Broncos in 2015. Carney spent the previous 10 seasons as an assistant under former Bronco head coach Cathy George at Michigan State, including his last seven years as associate head coach.
Carney is no stranger to the WMU volleyball program, having also served as an assistant under George during her time at the helm of the Broncos. He was a member of the coaching staff at WMU for 11 seasons before joining George in East Lansing in 2004, and coached alongside current Bronco head coach Colleen Munson.
“We are so thrilled to have Russ come to Kalamazoo and provide another experienced voice to our team,” said Munson. “His track record of success speaks for itself, and we know from his previous stint in Kalamazoo that he’s a true Bronco. It’s a great thing for our program and our fans.”
Over his last several seasons at MSU, Carney played an instrumental role in assembling some of the top recruiting classes in Michigan State history. Most recently, the Spartans posted back-to-back Top-10 classes, ranked No. 7 in 2013 and for 2014 achieving a program-high rank of No. 6 by PrepVolleyball.com; MSU's 2007 class was also the No. 7 class in the country and the top-rated class in the Big Ten that season.
Another of Carney's roles at MSU was that of the academic coordinator on the coaching staff. The team boasted an overall grade-point average of 3.3, and over Carney's last nine seasons at Michigan State, the Spartan volleyball program has produced 46 Academic All-Big Ten citations and 10 Big Ten Distinguished Scholars, along with two Academic All-America and five Academic All-District selections.
On the court, Carney helped MSU earn six NCAA Tournament bids and tutored eight All-America selections in nine seasons, a period which also produced 14 All-Big Ten selections and four Big Ten All-Freshman Team picks.
A Tunkhannock, Pa., native, Carney started his collegiate coaching career as an assistant coach at Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek, Mich., in 1978. He assumed the head coaching duties at KCC in 1980 and promptly guided the Bruins to the National Junior College Athletic Association National Championship that year.
Carney went on to serve as an assistant coach at Wisconsin in 1981 before he was named head coach of the Badgers in 1982, where he remained until 1984. During his stint at Wisconsin, Carney served as head coach of the 1981 U.S. Olympic Festival Men's East Team, guiding that squad to the Gold medal. He was a member of both the NCAA Midwest Regional and Big Ten Conference officiating committees.
A setter in college, Carney attended Kellogg Community College (1973-74) before transferring to Ball State University (1976). He earned a bachelor's degree in physical education from BSU in 1978.
Russ and his wife Sherry have a daughter, Jessica, and a son, Branden. The family resides in Battle Creek.