Two college coaches with Ohio ties made moves over the weekend to new jobs. Cris Reisert and Ryan Manalac both accepted new jobs over the weekend leaving their positions at Ohio Dominican University.
Cris Reisert Takes Over Tiffin
Cincinnati native Cris Reisert, who attended Archbishop Moeller High School and is a member of the schools Hall of Fame has been named the new head coach at Tiffin University.
After leaving Moeller, Reisert was a four-year starter for Ohio Dominican University setting 10 NAIA passing records and being named NAIA Player of the Year in 2007.
In 2009, Reisert started his coaching career at Ohio Dominican as a graduate assistant before becoming quarterbacks’ coach in 2010.
With coaching stops at Ball State and Elon, he returned to Ohio Dominican directing one of the best offenses in the nation during the 2017 season as offensive coordinator.
Sunday, he was announced as the new head football coach at Tiffin University and said the following about his new job.
“I’m incredibly humbled and honored to be the Head Football Coach at Tiffin University,” Reisert said. “I would like to thank Dr. Schumacher and Coach Allen for this amazing opportunity. Since I stepped foot on campus, I felt very strongly that I fit with the values and culture of the Tiffin community. Our program will be built around strong relationships, accountability and attacking success in all we do. I’m excited to work with the special group of players already assembled and look forward to continuing to build Tiffin football into one of the premier programs in the country.”
Reisert is not taking over a struggling program as the Dragons went 9-2 overall under Gary Goff who resigned in January to become head coach at Valdosta State.
Reisert is married and has a son.
Ryan Manalac Rejoins Cecchini at Bucknell
Another member of Ohio Dominican’s coaching staff also took a new job as defensive coordinator Ryan Manalac, a native of Pickerington, Ohio has left to become defensive coordinator at Bucknell rejoining new Bison head coach Dave Cecchini who he worked under at Valparaiso University.
Manalac continues climbing the coaching ladder since his playing career ended at the University of Cincinnati and in the NFL with the Buffalo Bills.
The past two seasons saw Manalac running the defense at Ohio Dominican. Over that stretch, the Panthers posted a 16-5 record and won the 2017 Great Midwest Athletic Conference title with an undefeated 7-0 mark in conference play.
Prior to Ohio Dominican, Manalac worked one season at Valparaiso after five seasons at Michigan State under Mark Dantonio.
Manalac was a walk-on linebacker for the Bearcats before earning a scholarship and four letters under Dantonio and Brian Kelly. During his career Manalac posted 195 tackles, including 82 during his senior year in helping the Bearcats win a Big East Conference title and play in the Orange Bowl.
Manalac is married and has a daughter.