New Hampshire Hardball

McManus headed to Hall of Fame

PLYMOUTH – Dennis McManus, the winningest coach in Plymouth State University history, is one of six New England baseball coaches to be enshrined in the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) Hall of Fame, the organization announced on Wednesday.

McManus, who piloted the Panthers for 31 seasons, joins legendary coaches from all three NCAA divisions as the NEIBA revealed the names of both the 2020 and 2021 Hall of Fame Classes.

McManus got his start during the 1985 season, leading the team to a 10-4 record after assuming head coaching duties midway through the year. He would go on to amass a school-record 506 wins over his career, guiding the program to seven Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) postseason appearances and a team-best runner-up finish in the 2012 Little East Conference (LEC) Tournament.

McManus retired from coaching following the 2015 season but was unable to stay away from the sport for long. The veteran returned to Plymouth State as a coach’s aide in 2020, a position he still holds. In addition to his on-field success, McManus’ experience, knowledge of the sport and relationships with alumni, faculty and the local community all add to his priceless value to the baseball program. He has served on numerous ECAC and NCAA tournament selection committees, served on the NEIBA executive committee for 14 years and is a past President of the NEIBA.

The Classes of 2020 and 2021 will be inducted together next spring during the NEIBA All-Star game.

NEIBA Hall of Fame Class of 2020

Barry Rosen – Tufts University
Neil McPhee – Northeastern University
Bob DeFelice – Bentley University 

NEIBA Hall of Fame Class of 2021

Dennis McManus – Plymouth State University
Mike Stone – UMass Amherst
Frank “Porky” Vieira – University of New Haven


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