Richard Manley

One of Grove City’s greatest goalkeepers, Manley anchored the Wolverine defense for four years, starting in 1963.  This time-frame represents the most successful four-year period in program history with a 30-4-2 record, good for an .861 winning percentage.

Labeled "the finest goalie and best conditioned athlete I have ever coached" by head coach Cliff Wettig, Manley recorded a career average of 0.7 goals per match. 

The Elizabeth, N.J., native helped lead Grove City to a 9-0-0 mark as a sophomore by yielding just seven goals in 1964.  The next season, the Manley-led defense again surrendered just seven goals and posted its second straight undefeated campaign, finishing 8-0-1. The 1965 team received an invitation to the NCAA Championship Tournament.

The 1966 team posted a 7-1-1 record in his senior season; he co-captained the team and became the first player to receive the Bill Buchanan Most Valuable Player award.  Manley twice earned All-Pennsylvania-New Jersey-Delaware honors and earned Sportsman of the Year for 1966-67.

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, Manley was selected first alternate at goalkeeper for the United States Pan American Games team and for the 1968 U.S. Olympic Team.  The North American Soccer League’s Dallas Tornado drafted Manley following his collegiate career. 

In 1999, he was named Goalie for the decade of the 1960s on New Jersey’s "Team of the Century."

Manley served as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. The College inducted him into its Men’s Soccer Hall of Fame in 2004.