The daughter of longtime Watterson High School baseball coach Scott Manahan, Emily Manahan now has the chance to follow in her father’s footsteps.
A 2008 Watterson graduate who played softball for the Eagles and Bluffton University, Emily Manahan was named Watterson softball coach June 12. She replaces Tracey Cultice, who stepped down after six seasons.
Emily Manahan served as the Eagles’ hitting coach and a varsity assistant the last three seasons. She also has coaching experience with the Ohio Stingrays travel program.
“I’m super excited to get the job,” she said. “Watterson has been home for me since I was a little girl. When coach Cultice said I’d be a good candidate, I knew I would be interested. I’ve gotten to grow up seeing the legacy that baseball has at Watterson. Baseball and softball run in the family.”
Scott Manahan earned his 600th coaching victory May 13 and was inducted into the National High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2015. He has coached Watterson since 2011 as well as from 1992-2007 and coached Hamilton Township from 2008-10.
Emily Manahan is the oldest of four children. Her brother Matthew played baseball at Hamilton Township before graduating in 2009, and her sisters, Audrey and Katie, played softball at Watterson before graduating in 2013 and 2015, respectively.
Emily Manahan takes over a Watterson program that went 14-10 overall, won the CCL title at 5-1 and reached a Division I district semifinal last season.
The Eagles lost five players to graduation, led by pitchers Erin Vonderwell and Madison Eagle and shortstop Katrina Wierzbicki.
“Emily has been an assistant on our staff the past three seasons,” athletics director Doug Etgen said. “I’m very excited to add her to our coaching staff. Emily was (an) athlete here at Watterson and is very committed to her alma mater’s mission.”