The veteran on the PSU staff is Dennis McManus, who is now in his 29th season as head coach of the Panther baseball program in 2012-13.
The Panthers have been solid New England contenders during the McManus era, earning post-season bids 13 times from 1984-2002. He earned his 300th career victory with the final win of the 2001 season, and his 400th win in April 2009. McManus heads into the 2013 season with a career record of 448-559-4.
A 1973 graduate of Plymouth State, McManus earned a master's degree from Indiana University. He had a stint at Northeastern University as hockey trainer before coming to PSU as head athletic trainer in 1979. After one year as assistant baseball coach in 1984, McManus took over as head coach a year later.
McManus led the Panthers to seven ECAC post-season berths from 1985-96, and the Little East Conference Tournament berths from 1997-2001. PSU made noise in the 2012 LEC Tournament, posting three upset victories to advance to the championship game.
McManus also served three seasons (2001-03) as manager of the Concord Quarry Dogs of the New England Collegiate Baseball League.
The veteran Panther coach has also been active on numerous NCAA and ECAC Selection Committees, and is past president of the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association.