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Scott Manshack added to Western Carolina’s Coaching Staff

Cullowhee, N.C. – Western Carolina head baseball coach Bobby Moranda today announced the addition of Scott Manshack, a former right-handed pitcher at the Univ. of North Carolina, to his coaching staff as a volunteer assistant. Manshack will work alongside Moranda in mentoring the Catamount pitching staff in 2012.

“I’ve known of Scott for many years while he was a player at North Carolina and I was coaching at both Wake Forest and Georgia Tech in the ACC,” said Moranda. “Scott has a great understanding of the game of baseball and is a true competitor – both attributes he brings to our team in a coaching role. His success as a player on the mound really translates well with our players and I’m excited to have him as a valued member of our coaching staff.”

Manshack recorded 14 victories during his four-year collegiate career in Chapel Hill, making 51 appearances including 32 starts. He tossed 164 career innings, amassing 140 strikeouts in four seasons. He was a part of three North Carolina squads that competed in the NCAA tournament, playing in the Columbia (S.C.) Regional in 2002 and 2004, and winning the Starkville (Miss.) regional and advancing to Columbia Super Regional in 2003.

His best collegiate season came as a sophomore in 2002 as he started 10 games with an equal number of relief appearances while compiling a perfect 7-0 overall record – just the 14th perfect season in UNC baseball history. He pitched a complete game, five-hit shutout against Elon on April 29, 2002, which at the time continued a string of 15-consecutive scoreless innings of work.

During the fall prior to his senior season, Manshack garnered the squad’s “Top Gun” award from the Tar Heel coaching staff for the best overall pitcher during off-season practices. As a senior, he was a part of one of the deepest pitching staffs in the NCAA, moving to the bullpen from a previous weekend starting role.

A native of Indian Trail, N.C., Manshack spent two summers in the collegiate wooden bat Coastal Plain League as a player, spending one summer in Asheboro and a second in Gastonia, earning a combined six victories on the hill with a pair of complete games.

Manshack was a three-time, all-conference selection out of Piedmont High in Monroe, N.C., and earned All-State accolades once. Tossing a pair of no hitters during his high school career, he was chosen to play in the North Carolina State Games three out of his four years and guided Piedmont High to a conference title in 1999.

A 2004 graduate of North Carolina with a degree in communication studies, Manshack has worked the past seven years with State Farm Insurance. In 2006, he served as the junior varsity head baseball coach at Smoky Mountain High in Sylva, and was the varsity assistant coach in both 2007 and ’08.

Manshack and his wife, the former Amy Wolfe, have twin daughters, Abby and Haley.

Western Carolina (4-0) travels to the Ninth-Annual Keith LeClair Classic this weekend, hosted by East Carolina in Greenville, N.C., for a three-game tournament. WCU faces Maryland (2-1) on Friday at 1:00 pm, the host Pirates (3-0) on Saturday at 3:00 pm and Purdue (3-0) on Sunday morning with first pitch at 10:00 am.

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