Gary Manchel

Gary Manchel (born November 29, 1962)

Current position: Head men’s basketball coach
Current team: Mercyhurst Lakers
Current conference: Northeast Conference (NEC)
UMass Lowell record^: 130-126 (.508)
Mercyhurst record^: 373-219 (.630)
Overall record^: 503-345 (.593)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0
  • NEC Regular Season Champion:  0
  • ECAC (Div II) Conference Champion:  1  (1997)
  • NEC Tournament Champion:  0
  • NCAA Division II Tournament Appearances:  8  (2001, 2015, 2016, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023)


  • PSAC (Div II) Coach of the Year:  3  (2011, 2016, 2020)
  • NE-10 (Div II) Coach of the Year:  1  (2001)

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2003-present Mercyhurst
2001-2003 Ohio (asst)
1992-2001 UMass Lowell
1987-1992 Yale (asst)
1985-1987 Slippery Rock (grad. asst)

Gary Manchel Facts

  • Gary H. Manchell
  • Born November 29, 1962
  • Hometown: Burlington, Vermont
  • Alma Mater: University of Vermont (BS, 1985) / Slippery Rock University (M.Ed)
  • The Burlington-native played three seasons for the hometown Vermont Catamounts and head coach Bill Whitmore
  • Started out as a graduate assistant at D-II Slippery Rock (PA), working for two seasons under head coach Bob Barlett
  • His first assistant coaching job was at Yale, where he worked under Dick Kuchen for five seasons
  • Became a head coach in 1992 when he was hired by then-Division II UMass Lowell
    • Went 130-126 over nine seasons at the helm, with three 20+ win seasons; named NE-10 Coach of the Year in 2001
  • Spent two seasons working at D-I Ohio University as one of Tim O’Shea‘s assistant coaches
  • Hired in 2003 to be the head coach at D-II Mercyhurst in Erie, PA
    • Has won over 370 games in 21 seasons at the helm, going to seven D-II NCAA Tournaments with the Lakers
    • Helmed three of the best teams in the program history, winning 26 games in 2018-19 and 25 in both 2021-22 and 2022-23
    • In April 2024, the school announced that it was moving up to Division I and joining the NEC ahead of the 2024-25 season

Gary Manchel Coaching Tree


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at both the NCAA Division I and Division II levels; UMass Lowell was a D-II program during Manchell’s tenure, and Mercyhurst was a D-II program until moving up to D-I in 2024