Lab Welcomes Matt Manley, New Athletics Director

Lab Welcomes Matt Manley, New Athletics Director

Matthew Manley, Athletics Director

The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools is proud to welcome its next Athletics Director Matthew Manley for the 2023–2024 school year, effective July 1, 2023.

“Out of our national search, Matt impressed our Search Committee and community with his expertise in athletics programming, holistic support of student athletes, commitment to excellence in coaching, and appreciation of Lab's mission and values,” Director of Schools Tori Jueds, says. “The Maroons are some of the finest and most diverse athletes in the region, and we are confident in Matt's leadership during the next chapter of Lab Athletics.”

Manley’s twenty-year career as coach and administrator managing 50 sports teams in the Chicago region, comes equipped with the kind of experience Lab needs as it continues to invigorate and expand its co-curricular athletic programs.

“I couldn't be more excited to come to Lab Schools. I've been a big fan of this school and the athletics program for so long, and getting to join a community like this in a role like this is a dream come true for me,” Manley says. “I’m honored and can’t wait to get started.”

Manley previously held the position of athletics director for the Sacred Heart School, where he also served as an administrator, assistant athletics director, and coach. Prior to his positions at Sacred Heart, Manley was also a head coach for the Francis W. Parker School, and assistant varsity and head coach for the Latin School of Chicago. Manley moved to Chicago from Tampa, Florida in 1998, is an avid cyclist, and enjoys exploring Chicago on two wheels.

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