AMES — The shakeup of the Iowa State football coaching staff continued Saturday with one assistant moving on to the NFL.
Offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Tom Manning is leaving the Cyclones after two seasons for a position with the Indianapolis Colts. Manning will reportedly coach tight ends in Indianapolis.
Messages left for Manning and ISU coach Matt Campbell were not returned.
Indianapolis hired its head coach, Frank Reich, on Feb. 11. Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni, like Manning, played college football at Mount Union.
Manning, who followed Campbell to Ames from Toledo in Dec. 2015, was one of the first hires on Campbell’s ISU staff. Manning was the offensive line coach at Toledo from 2012-15. Manning also played under Campbell, then an assistant, at Mount Union.
During Manning’s two seasons as offensive coordinator, ISU averaged 27.7 points (2016) and 29.2 points (2017), which both rank in the top 10 in school history. Last season, the Cyclones were 8-5, broke the 40-point threshold five times — tying a school record — and had 47 touchdowns, which is third-best in a season in ISU history.
Manning is the second offseason departure among ISU assistants, joining Lou Ayeni, who left his position as running backs coach for a similar role at Northwestern. NCAA legislation is now in effect that allows programs to have 10 assistants, which leaves Campbell needing to fill the extra position as well as Manning’s recently vacated role.
The next offensive coordinator could come from within the program already. Quarterbacks coach Jim Hofher, who has been a head coach at Buffalo and offensive coordinator at Delaware, is a name to watch.
The vacancy for the offensive line position coach could come from in-house as well. Graduate assistant Jeff Myers is entering his third season with the program and was a three-year starter on the offensive line at Toledo (2012-14) under Manning and Campbell.