A month after hiring head coach Scott Satterfield, the Bearcats are reportedly set to hire new offensive coordinator Tom Manning, who spent the last four years calling plays at Iowa State.
Manning conducted an in-person interview and met with the Cincinnati coaching staff in recent days. An official announcement is expected soon after the multi-year contract is finalized.
In addition to being Iowa State’s offensive coordinator, Manning was previously the Indianapolis Colts tight ends coach in 2018 and Toledo Rockets offensive line coach from 2012-2015.
The Youngstown native played offensive lineman at Mount Union and was hired as a graduate assistant at Toledo in 2009 before following Matt Campbell to Iowa State six years ago.
Cincinnati Football: Bearcats set to hire former Iowa State offensive coordinator Tom Manning
During his stint as offensive coordinator, the Cyclones averaged 30+ points per game in three of the last four seasons, while compiling a 27-23 record with Manning running the offense.
Iowa State put up 32.9 points and 436.3 yards per game en route to a Big 12 championship berth and Fiesta Bowl win in 2020, fueled by quarterback Brock Purdy and running back Breece Hall.
Manning was a two-time nominee for the Broyles Award before parting ways with Iowa State last month. The Cyclones struggled this year with a 4-8 record and just 20.2 points per game.
Cincinnati is reportedly set to hire several other assistants including wide receivers coach Josh Stepp and strength coach Niko Palazeti. Manning is also expected to be named tight ends coach.
Cincinnati Football: Bearcats set to hire new general manager, director of recruiting strategy
Over the last several days, Cincinnati hired a pair of former Ohio State personnel directors in newly-named general manager Zach Grant and director of recruiting strategy Cass Simmons.
Grant and Simmons will be instrumental in helping the Bearcats program transition into the Big 12 Conference with a focus on improving player personnel and increasing the recruiting reach.
In addition to former Cardinals defensive coordinator Bryan Brown joining the Bearcats staff, there are seven other assistant coaches that recently followed Satterfield to Cincinnati.
Other coaches that left Louisville alongside Satterfield include offensive line coach Nic Cardwell, running backs coach De’Rail Sims, recruiting coordinator Carter Wilson and more.