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Former Millersburg coach, Terry Manning, is remembered
By Duane Good, EDITOR

Terry Manning was inducted into Mansfield University’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2013. (Photo courtesy of the university)

Memorial services  are scheduled today (Tuesday, Jan. 26) for Terry E. Manning, one of the Sentinel-area’s most successful high school sports coaches.

A local native who coached and taught in the Millersburg Area School District, Manning died Jan. 19 at his Dauphin-area home. He was 77.

Manning is best known as the longtime leader of Millersburg’s high-school boys’ basketball program In 24 seasons, he amassed a 478-119 record, a winning percentage of more than 80 percent. His Indian teams won numerous league titles and six district championships. The team of 1986-87 also was a PIAA state runner-up.

Manning Gymnasium on the district’s secondary campus was re-named in his honor.

In a 1989 Sentinel article published after his retirement, Mike Scheib – member of Manning’s early 1970s teams – said his coach ‘‘always taught us to be a winner, never to be a loser. If you work hard, you are always going to be a winner.’’

Bill Hollenbach, a teammate of Scheib’s said he became quite familiar with Manning’s shoe size.

‘‘He was constantly kicking our butts to make us work,’’ he said in that same 1989 tribute. ‘‘I remember a game (where) we were winning 100-30 and (he) still wasn’t satisfied with the way we were playing.’’

John Leer, a 1977 graduate, said in the article that through Manning, ‘‘I learned perseverance, never to quit. I carried that into life after my school days.’’

Manning also coached the high school baseball team for several years, having been a standout player at what then was known as Mansfield State Teachers College (now University) in the early 1960s. He was a three-year starter for the Mountaineers and a key member of the 1961 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference championship team.

He was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame (Capital Area Chapter) and Mansfield University Athletic Hall of Fame. Last year, he was awarded the university’s President’s Coin of Excellence.

Terry Manning was a standout college baseball player for Mansfield in the early 1960s. (Photo courtesy of the university)

Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. at David’s Community Bible Church, 1072 Route 25 east of Millersburg. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Millersburg.

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