Executive Staff

Archie Manning

Executive Director

Leadership, dedication and commitment have enabled Archie Manning to succeed both on and off the football field.

Archie oversees every aspect of the Manning Passing Academy and makes all the audibles when it comes to teaching and coaching.

Manning’s background is truly reflective of the ideals and dedication necessary to compete on the football field.

At Ole Miss, where he is considered one of the greatest players ever to wear a Rebel uniform, he was the recipient of the Walter Camp Award and was selected to the All-American, All-SEC and All-South teams.

As a professional Manning was the 2nd player selected in the 1971 NFL draft, he went on to a brilliant 14 year career that included stints with the New Orleans Saints, Houston Oilers, and Minnesota Vikings.

As the New Orleans Saints field general, Archie was named league MVP in `78 and was twice selected to the Pro Bowl.

As a community leader, he has supported numerous non-profits and charities over the years in both Louisiana and Mississippi while continuing to assist those who share his love for the game of football.

Archie is Chairman of the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame and a member of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and serves as an active member of the Allstate Sugar Bowl championship committee.

The former All-American quarterback at Mississippi was named as the recipient of the Davey O’Brien Legends Award which recognizes a QB who has made significant contributions to football, distinguished himself as an extraordinary leader and demonstrated exemplary conduct and reputation on and off the field.

A portion of the Manning Passing Academy proceeds is donated to Special Olympics Louisiana and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

For almost four decades, the Manning family and the quarterback position have been practically synonymous with one another. As such, their summer vacations always revolve the annual Manning Passing Academy, a family-owned and managed football camp that embraces the basic fundamentals of football while catering to the offensive skill positions of RB, TE, WR…and of course QB.

Archie and his wife Olivia (a former Homecoming Queen at Ole Miss) reside in New Orleans are the proud grandparents of six grandchildren by Cooper, Peyton and Eli.

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Cooper Manning

Senior Associate Director

Cooper was a two-time All-State wide receiver at Isidore Newman School in New Orleans and played in the Louisiana High School All-Star Game as well as participating on two state championship basketball teams.

Coop was heavily recruited by Division I schools out of high school including Texas, Virginia, and Ole Miss before deciding to attend his father’s alma mater (Ole Miss) on a football scholarship.

A career-ending injury forced the Rebel wide receiver to the sidelines, but his love for the game has never diminished.

Coop’s experience in high school, college, and professional sports has made him a natural fit for the broadcast booth and he has hosted and co-hosted numerous projects over the years, including the both television and radio shows during football season on WWL in New Orleans.

One of the most popular staff members among the campers, Coop is never too busy to lend instruction or a helping hand.

He is always the first to arrive at camp and the last to leave. He prides himself on his ability to entertain campers after practice as he hosts live Q&A sessions with all the college players on staff.

Cooper is currently a partner at Howard Weil Inc., an energy investment boutique in New Orleans. Cooper is active with the The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, The Academy of Sacred Heart and his alma mater Isidore Newman School.

He and his wife Ellen are the proud parents of daughter May, and two sons, Arch and Heid.

Cooper remains the most handsome Manning and has no plans of losing that title.

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Peyton Manning

Senior Associate Director

Peyton is widely regarded as one of the best QBs to have ever played the game, selected with the first overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts, and in his rookie season he set five different NFL rookie records, including most TDs in a season and was named to the NFL All-Rookie First Team.

Manning begins his first season as quarterback of the Denver Broncos after spending the first 13 years of his illustrious career in Indianapolis. Before missing the 2011 season due to neck surgery to correct a damaged nerve, Manning started 16 regular season games for 13 consecutive seasons and earned his 11th Pro Bowl selection in 2010.

As the Super Bowl XLI MVP, he has completed more passes, thrown for more yards and touchdowns in a career-opening 13-year span than any NFL player in history and has torched all the NFL , AFC, and Colts record-books in the process , won back-to-back MVP honors for second time in his career (2003-04 and 2008-09) which in itself is a record, and in 2009, he was listed by the Sporting News as the No. 1 player in the NFL.

He is the only NFL QB to ever throw for 3,000+ yards in his first 13 seasons of his career, holds NFL records for consecutive seasons with 4,000+ yards in a career, and the Colt’s all-time career passing yards and passing touchdowns leader.

As a collegian at the University of Tennessee, he was a four-year starter, saw action in 48 games with 45 starts, set 33 school records, eight SEC records and two NCAA marks, and ended his college career owning SEC record for wins as starting QB (39-6), completions (863), passing yards (11,201), total offense (11,020), and completion percentage (62.49%).

Ranked 3rd in NCAA history in passing yards and total offense as well as posted a 26-4 record as a starter in SEC games, Peyton is a three-time Academic All-America honoree, started 13 games as a senior and led his team to the SEC Championship and an 11-2 record, and won Sullivan Award for nations top amateur athlete, Davey O’Brien Award for Top QB, Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award for top senior and GTE Academic All-America 1st Team.

Manning was selected the 2001, 2004 and 2005 Walter Payton/ Indianapolis Colts NFL Man-of-the-Year for his participation in community affairs, he attended Newman High School and was an All-American, All-State and All-District pick at QB.

Peyton and his wife Ashley reside in Indianapolis, Indiana and are the proud parents of twins Mosley and Marshall.

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Eli Manning

Senior Associate Director

Following in his brother’s footsteps Eli was the first pick in the 2004 NFL Draft by the NY Giants.

Eli just completed his 7th season and has 87 starts under his belt. Manning was named MVP of Super Bowl XLII (the year after Peyton was named MVP) joining Phil Simms and Otis Anderson as the only Giants who have won the award, played in his first Pro Bowl following the 08 season, his record as a starting QB is 50-37 (.575) in the regular season and 4-3 (.571) in the postseason.

Manning's 87 consecutive starts is a Giants record.  Eli is one of only four quarterbacks to throw for at least 3,000+ yards every season from 2005-09 (Peyton is another) and he is one of three QBs with at least 20 touchdown passes in each of the last five seasons (Peyton is another).

At Ole Miss Eli set or tied 45 single game, season, and career records.

In his senior year, Eli led the Rebels to a 10-3 record and a 31-28 SBC Cotton Bowl victory over the Oklahoma State Cowboys in 2003, won the Maxwell Award, given to the nation’s top collegiate player, the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, given to the nation’s top senior quarterback and The Walter Camp Foundation Player of the Year Award.

Eli was the SEC Player of the Year and earned the Conerly Trophy as the top collegiate player in the state of Mississippi.

Eli joined his brother Peyton by volunteering in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and together they assisted in the delivery of 30,000 pounds of water, Gatorade, baby formula, diapers, and pillows to the people of New Orleans

He championed the construction of “The Eli Manning Children’s Clinics” at the UM Hospital for Children raising $2.5 million and for the past five years has hosted the “Guiding Eyes for the Blind’s Golf Classic, the oldest and largest charity event in Westchester County, NY.

Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, he attended Newman High School and was an All-American, All-State and All-District pick at QB.

Eli and his wife Abby reside in Hoboken, New Jersey and are the proud parents of newborn daughter Ava.

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Buddy Teevens

Associate Director

Buddy has been an integral part of the MPA since its inception. He is the head football coach at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. Teevens started his coaching career at DePauw University (`79) and went on to become offensive coordinator at Boston University (1980-84). Buddy first became a head coach at the University of Maine (`85) where he led the Black Bears to a 6-5 and 7-4 marks in successive seasons, the program’s first back-to-back winning seasons in 21 years. His first stint at Dartmouth College (his alma mater) was from 1987-91. As head coach he won two Ivy League Championships (he also won one as a player) before moving on to Tulane University in `92. From 1992-96, Teevens rebuilt the Green Wave program and recruited most of the team that went 12-0 in 1998. Teevens served as offensive coordinator and receivers coach at Illinois from 1997-98, and passing game coordinator at Florida from 1999-2001. Buddy was head coach at Stanford University from 2002-2004 before returning to his roots at Dartmouth College. At the Manning Passing Academy, coach Teevens oversees all aspects of the on-field operation and coaching staff. A native of Pembroke, Mass. Teevens and his wife Kirsten, reside in Hanover, New Hampshire, have two children, Lindsay, and Eugene IV.

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Jeff "Hawk" Hawkins

Associate Director

Hawk is entering his 17th year as Associate Camp Director. He is responsible for all aspects of administration. He is in his 12th season as director of football operations at the University of Oregon. Hawkins spent three years in the U.S. Army after high school. He earned his undergraduate degree at Bridgewater State College (`80), where he started all four years on the defensive line and was named co-captain in his senior year. After graduation he spent five years with the New England Patriots in the team’s marketing & promotions division. He broke into the coaching ranks at Chico State (1985-86) before joining Buddy Teevens at Dartmouth College as his DFO in 1987 and followed him to Tulane University (1992-96). After his stint with the Green Wave, he served as director of special projects with the Nokia Sugar Bowl (1996-01) and regularly worked game-day assignments with Tulane University and the New Orleans Saints. He also served a four year term as vice president of Special Olympics Louisiana, a charity that he personally has invested more than twenty years in as a volunteer. Jeff, a native of Pembroke, Mass., and his wife Amy reside in Eugene, Oregon with their daughter Gabrielle.

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Kyle Wiest

Director of Camp Administration

Kyle, is entering his 12th year at the MPA and serves as the director of camp administration, responsible for the day-to-day operations of the camp. His responsibilities include overseeing all aspects of administration and information technology. Wiest, a Masters recipient from the University of Oregon is the Director of Football Operations at the University of Oregon and resides in Eugene.

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Tom Hart

Director of Camp Security

Tom Hart oversees all aspects of the MPA's security both for coaches, as well as for campers. He is a retired police detective and SWAT Team Officer. Hart has accrued almost 27 years of law enforcement experience and has served as a Plice Academy Instructor, Anti-Terrorism Instructor, Crime Prevention Officer, and Special Investigator to the Violent Crimes Unit. Tom graduated  from Bridgewater State College (Bridgewater, MA) with a degree in physical education. He currently serves as the Professional Development Coordinator at the University of Oregon athletic department.

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Greg Blackwell

Director of Public Relations

Greg will be entering his 16th year with the camp and his 14th year in the role of Director of Public Relations. He is currently the Director of THE TCU Lettermen's Association at Texas christian university, after serving as the Director of Communications for the Allstate Sugar Bowl in New

Orleans, LA from 1997 -2007. A native of Burbank, CA, Greg served in the armed forces after high school as a Paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division before moving on to college where he earned a bachelor's degree in Communications from Memphis State University.

He and his wife Lydia reside in Fort Worth, Texas with their son Christian.

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Andy Solari

Director of Communications

Andy is entering his 13th year at the MPA and has served in virtually every capacity. Currently he oversees all communications and assists in merchandising.

He is a Telecommunications Specialist for the Massachusetts State Lottery Commission where he plays an integral part in the design and maintenance of the largest single user telephone network in Massachusetts. Andy received his technical training at Boston University and Northeastern University in Boston, MA.

Solari served in the US Coast Guard and is a native of Pembroke, MA. He currently resides in Marshfield, MA with his wife Beth, a registered nurse, and their three children: Jessica, Emily, and Tony.

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Ed Nishioka

Director of Marketing and Promotions

Ed is entering in his 8th year with the Manning Passing Academy. He handles local marketing and video production for the camp.

His company, DNA Communications LLC, has handled media, marketing and PR for the NFL Pro Bowl for the past 18 years. He has an extensive sports background working with the United States Olympic Committee in Track and Field, Pete Newell Big Man Camp, World Championship Kickboxing, Hawaiian Super Prix CART Race, Basketball Camps and as a TV News Sports Reporter at KHSL. He has also done a couple stints working in government as the media person for the Honolulu Mayor, Deputy of the Department of Customer Service and as Chief Public Information Officer for the Honolulu Rail Transit project. He has also produced the Smooth Jazz Nights concerts series that has featured some of the top artists from around the world.

He holds Masters Degrees (M.A.) in Instructional Technology and Information and Communication Studies from California State University at Chico and Bachelor Degree (B.S.) from Southern Oregon University in Journalism and Marketing. He competed in the decathlon and javelin while at Southern Oregon and worked on football staff at Chico State under Head Coach Mike Bellotti. He served as Assistant Athletic Director and Head Cross Country Coach while at Chaminade University in Honolulu helping coordinate the ESPN's Maui Classic.

He and wife, Rae, reside in Honolulu with their two Boxers (Mr. Lex and Princess) and English Bulldog (Lady). Ed's daughter, Sarah, is a student at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

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Jim Marinelli

Director of Operations

Entering his 10th year associated with the MPA, Jim oversees all aspects of logistical operations of the camp including set-up and break-down and everything in between.

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Rick Solari

Director of Merchandising

 

Information technology professional with 32 years of experience managing the development and implementation of technology solutions for the financial industry.

Rick is currently serving as a Systems Consultant and Vice President for the Wealth Management Services division of the State Street Bank and Trust Company in Boston, MA.

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