TE Coach / Recruiting Coordinator
Travis Manger enters his second season as Morgan State’s offensive line coach.
The 2015 Bears featured an offensive line unit that ranked No. 5 in total offense in the league by averaging 329.2 yards per game. They ranked 4th in the league in passing offense behind the career-best performance of Moses Skillon, who ranked 5th in the league by throwing for 161.6 yards per game (1,616 yds) with seven TDs.
The Bears also ran for 1,392 yards (139.2 avg/g) behind Manger’s offensive line that featured a starting five that included: (LT) Joshua Miles, (LG) Cooper Clarkin, (OC) Dominique Woods, (RG) Adrien Allen and (RT) Ehijele Ubuane. The “Trench Mob” also paved the way for one of the league's top ground gainers in Orlando Johnson (583 yards – Ranked No. 6 in MEAC) and also ranked T-No. 3 in sacks allowed.
Woods and Clarkin were both named to the 2016 All-MEAC Team.
Manger came to the Bears after spending three seasons at the University of Maryland where he helped the offensive unit as a graduate assistant coach under head coach Randy Edsall. In 2012, he assisted coach Lee Hull with the wide receivers and the development of Terps standout Stefon Diggs. He also assisted coach Tom Brattan with the offensive line during the 2013, followed by coach Greg Studrawa in 2014.
Manger was a Graduate Extern at Temple University from 2009-2012. In that role he served primarily with academics and special teams. He assisted with the Owl’s defensive line (2009-10) and work with the tight ends in 2011. His duties also included study hall, organized class checks in addition to other football duties assigned by the head coach.
He launched his coaching career as a student assistant coach at Temple (2008-09) where he assisted with the quarterbacks and tight ends.
A native of Newtown, Pa., Manger was a standout quarterback at Council Rock North High School. He was a two-time first team All-Conference selection (2002 & 2003) and was an All-State honorable mention.
Manger played quarterback for a season at Millersville University before he transferred to Temple. He played quarterback and tight end for the Owls under head coach Bobby Wallace (2005), and completed his career at Temple under head coach Al Golden (2006-2007). Manger, who began as a walk-on for the Owls, earned a scholarship during the spring of 2007, and was the recipient of the Dr. Chodoff Academic Excellence Award.
Manger earned his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Temple August 2008, and earned a Master’s degree in Sports Psychology from Temple in 2013. He is currently working toward completing his second Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Maryland.
He currently resides in Baltimore.
Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks
Rob Spence spent the 2016 season on head coach Russ Huesman's staff as the wide receivers coach. A 25-year collegiate coaching veteran, he joined the Mocs after two seasons at the Chattanooga Christian School.
Spence brought 16 years of experience as a collegiate offensive coordinator at Clemson, Toledo, Louisiana Tech and Syracuse. Prior to CCS, he was the quarterbacks coach at Rutgers for two seasons.
He was the offensive coordinator at Bethune-Cookman in 2011, where they averaged 33.9 points per game [15th nationally] and just under 260 rushing yards per game, fifth in the nation. BCC ranked 12th in the FCS in total offense (435.3 ypg) and led the conference in rushing and scoring.
A native of Pelham. N.Y. Spence spent 2010 as the wide receivers coach at Temple and 2009 at Syracuse as the offensive coordinator.
Prior to joining the Orange, Spence enjoyed a successful four-year run at Clemson. During his tenure at Clemson, the Tigers had two top-25 seasons, went to three bowl games, and won 25 games - the most victories in a three year period since 1990-91.
Clemson led the ACC in scoring offense twice under Spence. A Tiger led the ACC in receptions or yards during Spence’s first three years at Clemson.
Spence was the architect of one of the most improved offenses in Tiger history in his first season. The 2005 Tigers improved 89 yards per game in total offense over 2004, the fourth-largest jump in school history and the eight best improvements among Division I-A teams.
The veteran assistant led Toledo to four straight top-13 final marks in total offense and helped the Rocket program to 35 wins from 2001-04. Twice in his four years, the Rockets were in the top 20 in the nation in rushing and passing.
Spence went to Toledo after a year as co-offensive coordinator at Louisiana Tech, where he tutored freshman Luke McCown, who threw for 2,533 yards and 21scores on the way to a freshman All-America season.
He was also the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Hofstra from 1997-99. In 1999, the Pride averaged 34 points a game with an 11-2 record and No.5 final national ranking. He started his career there as an offensive assistant in 1990, helping the program to a 12-1 record and No.3 national ranking.
In between his stops at Hofstra, he was an assistant at Maryland (1992-96) under Mark Duffner. The Terps set 70 school records during his tenure.
He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in social work from Iona in 1981 and later earned his Master’s Degree in education from Iona in 1990.
An avid runner who ran in the Boston Marathon in April of 2004, Spence and his wife Susen have two Daughters, Samantha and Sydey Rae.
Benjamin Thomas joined the Morgan State coaching staff in 2016. He joined the Bears after serving two years at the University of North Carolina-Pembroke as an offensive graduate assistant coach and tight ends coach.
Prior to his stint at UNCP, Thomas spent one season at Catawba College as a defensive intern working with the secondary. Among his duties at Catawba, Thomas worked with defensive game film breakdown and analysis.
A native of High Point, N.C., Thomas played four years of high school football at High Point Central High School before attending Winston-Salem State. he graduate from WSSU in 2011 with a bachelor's of science in sports management.
Stan Clayton is the newest member of the Morgan State football staff. He was named offensive line coach this past May.
Clayton, a former Penn State national champion and NFL player, has a resume that contains nearly two decades of coaching experience with offensive lines.
"We are very excited to add Stan Clayton to our offensive staff," said Morgan State head coach Fred T. Farrier. "His experience developing offensive lines will be a huge asset to our program. He has played at the highest levels of college and professional football and he is a coach who truly cares about the individuals he coaches."
"Stan has coached at several high academic institutions and that background with balancing academics and football will be a great asset for our program. I can't wait for him to get started coaching and mentoring our players."
Clayton joins Morgan State after spending eight seasons (2009-2016) at Lafayette where he was the offensive line coach under head coach Frank Tavani. During his final season, the Leopards ranked as high as third in the Patriot League in pass offense (266.6), fifth in total offense (336.5) and fifth in sacks against (38).
In 2015, Clayton used six different starting lineups that included two freshmen as full-time starters at center and right guard, and a sophomore at the right tackle spot. At one point, injuries forced the Leopards to move a player from his defensive tackle position over to offensive guard, where he started two games.
2014 was also a challenging year for Clayton who used seven different starting lineups in 11 games. A season-ending injury to a four-year starter forced the Leopards to shuffle players during the stretch run, using six different tackles during the season. Clayton's patchwork effort came together on the biggest stage, opening holes for 309 rushing yards against Lehigh in the 150th meeting in Yankee Stadium.
In 2013, Clayton worked with an offensive line that returned all five starters. The results on the rushing attack and passing game were striking. Lafayette had a player rush for 1,000 yards for the first time since 2006. In the air, the Leopards set new single-season records for completions and passing yards. In that returning five, Clayton produced an All-Patriot League First-Team and a Second-Team selection, while another player racked up a host of scholar-athlete awards, including a CoSIDA Academic All-America Second-Team selection.
In 2011, Clayton managed a line that featured an All-Patriot League First-Team honoree, who started every game his final three seasons and he coached two All-Patriot League Second-Team selections in 2010.
Clayton came to College Hill after three seasons at Toledo where he coached a 2008 NFL third-round draft pick, John Greco, and led the offensive line to a No. 2 ranking in the Mid-American Conference and a No. 19 ranking in the nation for fewest sacks allowed (16) in 2007. The Toledo offense led the MAC in rushing and total offense and was second in scoring during that season.
He also spent six years at Princeton as the offensive line coach and running game coordinator. While with the Tigers, he coached Ross Tucker and Dennis Norman, both of whom went on to spend at least seven years in the NFL.
Clayton graduated from Penn State in 1988 with a degree in Administration of Justice and a minor in Business Law. While at Penn State, he was a member of the 1986 national championship team and a 1987 All-America honorable mention.
He was a 10th-round selection of the Atlanta Falcons in the 1988 draft and played for the next four years in the NFL with Atlanta (1988-89), New England (1990-91) and Pittsburgh (1992).
After his NFL career, the Cherry Hill, N.J. native returned to Penn State as an assistant coach in 1995 for one year before serving stints at Massachusetts and Alabama State. He also spent six summers participating in the NFL's minority coaching fellowship program with Chicago, New York (Giants), Philadelphia and Tennessee.
Clayton is married to the former Kathleen Griffin.
Ron Dickerson Jr.
Wide Receivers / Special Teams Coordinator
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