Rob Manchester is entering his 14th season at Georgia Military College, and his 10th as the Bulldog’s Defensive Coordinator. He coaches the Secondary and also serves as the program’s Assistant Head Coach. The Defense in 2015 was instrumental in helping the Bulldogs obtain an 8-4 record and an appearance in The Graphic Edge Bowl. The 2015 season also saw the Defense record 34 turnovers, of which 21 of their recovered fumbles ranked them number one in the country. During his tenure as Defensive Coordinator, the 2007 Bulldog Defense lead the nation (NJCAA) in rush defense and were number two in total defense. They finished the 2008 campaign ranked in the top 10 in both rushing and total defense. Since 2007, the Bulldog Defense has finished in the top 15 five times in rush defense. They have also finished in the top 15 five times in total defense respectively. GMC’s Defense has posted 270 total turnovers (146 Interceptions and 124 Fumbles), and have had 13 individuals earn All-American honors. The Bulldogs have been bowl eligible five times and participated in the 2007 Pilgrim’s Pride Bowl Classic, 2012 Heart of Texas Bowl, the 2008, 2013 Mississippi Bowl, and the 2015 Graphic Edge Bowl. The 2013 team also played for the 2013 NJCAA National Championship. Manchester has coached in a total of nine bowl games during his tenure at GMC.
Prior to becoming the coordinator, the GMC secondary was instrumental in GMC’s success on defense. In 2003, ‘04, and ‘06, the Bulldog defense ranked third in the nation in total defense. In 2003 and ’06, the Bulldogs finished sixth in the nation in pass defense and a respective eleventh in ‘04. In 2004, the Bulldog defense lead the nation in rush defense. The Bulldogs finished the 2005 season as the NJCAA second ranked team in the nation. They were also crowned the 2005 Champions of the Sea Island Company’s Golden Isles Bowl with a win over Coffeyville Community College.
Manchester played his collegiate football at the University of Kentucky. He was a four-year-letterman from 1992-1995. He was named UK's Most Valuable Defensive Walk-on in 1994, played on the school's 1993 Peach Bowl team, and was awarded a scholarship prior to his senior season. He was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll for three straight years before graduating with a degree in secondary education.
Manchester launched his coaching career under Tommy Bowden at Tulane University. The Green Wave posted a perfect 12-0 record in 1998, including a Conference USA Championship, a win over Brigham Young in the Liberty Bowl, and a final ranking of No. 7 nationally. That effort followed the squad’s first winning season in 15 years, a 7-4 mark in 1997. Manchester helped coach the Tulane secondary, which was instrumental in leading the nation (NCAA) with 26 interceptions in 1997. In ’98, the Green Wave secondary added 15 more picks.
Manchester returned home as a graduate assistant following his stint at Tulane, coaching the Kentucky defensive linemen in 1999, linebackers in 2000, and cornerbacks in 2001. He was camp director for two seasons and assisted with the junior varsity squad, serving as defensive coordinator for two seasons and head coach for one season. Manchester was a member of the staff that helped guide the Wildcats to the 1999 HomePoint.com Music City Bowl. In addition, he earned his Master of Science degree in sports administration from Kentucky in 2002.
Before landing in Milledgeville, Manchester spent one season at Louisiana Tech University, serving as a defensive graduate assistant.
Manchester is from Paducah, (Ky.) where he attended Paducah Tilghman High School. He is married to the former Michelle Bell of Milledgeville, GA. Rob and Michelle have two daughters, Emery (7) and Ellary (3).