A Little History
The ShockSock was designed and created by former professional soccer players and Division I soccer coaches, James Manning and his brother, Ahmad Manning. They have been involved in soccer for over 20 years and their passion for the game led to the creation of the ShockSock. They recognized that many of the world’s best players were suffering bruises and fractures to the metatarsal bones of their feet due to the physical play and the rotational forces involved in the sport. It became their goal to create a product that would help protect the most important region of a soccer player’s body, their feet.
James is an assistant coach at the University of Connecticut, USA and primarily works with the goalkeepers this season. In addition to his coaching duties, Manning is a recent graduate from the Neag School of Education where he received his bachelor’s degree in Coaching & Administration.
Manning began his coaching career in 1999 at his alma mater Farmington High School.
After 6 seasons as the freshmen coach at Farmington, he coached varsity boys soccer at East Windsor High School. James is currently the JV Coach at The Watkinson School in West Hartford, Conn. and is a staff member for the Premier Club FSA SoccerPlus in Farmington, Conn. In 2005, James was the head coach for the Boys U-15 Olympic Development Program. He currently holds a USSF “D” license and a NSCAA license.
As a player, Manning was a standout performer for Farmington High School. He then played two years at Champlain College in Burlington, Vt. where he earned First Team All-Region honors, as well as the Offensive Player of the Year award in 1996. He then transferred to Central Connecticut in 1997 for his final two collegiate years. Manning moved onto professional soccer, playing in the A-League, first for the Western Mass. Pioneers in 1999, then as a member of the Connecticut Wolves from 2000-01.
Manning currently resides in Farmington, Conn.
Ahmad Manning is an assistant coach at Sienna College.New York, USA. He helped guide Siena to its best season in 10 years and a spot in the MAAC Tournament in 2008. Manning is the first assistant to head coach Gareth Elliott, helps in the day-to-day operations of the program and recruits domestically and internationally.
Manning was integral in recruiting 2009 MAAC Rookie of the Year Emery Welshman who led the team in scoring with six goals and 15 points.
Manning is currently Director of the Starting 11 Training Academy and a technical staff member for Black Watch Premier FC in Albany.
A native of West Hartford, Conn. by way of Rochester N.Y., Manning enjoyed a stellar four year playing career from 1998-2002 at the University of Rhode Island. A midfielder with the Rams, Manning started all four years alongside Elliott (forward) as the pair teamed up for two Atlantic 10 Tournament Championships (1999, 2000), two NCAA Tournament appearances (1999-Second Round; 2000-Round of 16), and three consecutive regular season championships (1999-2001).
Manning also achieved a pair of Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team nominations (1998, 1999) and was twice named to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference Team (2000, 2001).
Following his collegiate playing career, Manning starred for three years in the professional ranks, competing for the United Soccer League’s Pittsburgh Riverhounds (2005) and Western Mass Pioneers (2007). Manning also played for the prestigious FC METZ of the French League (2006) as well as the Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew (2006).
Manning carries a USSF “C” license and a NSCAA National Diploma.
Manning also has coaching experience with FSASoccerPlus as a head coach in the development U-12 league, serving alongside former U.S. Women’s National Team World Cup winning head coach Tony DiCicco.
Manning earned his bachelor’s degree in business management in 2002.
Our mission at ShockSock is to see that every player has an opportunity to play to their highest abilities knowing that they are fully protected.ShockSock LLC is a soccer company dedicated to innovating products that help athletes stay in the game! Our state-of-the-art products provide protection and support to players of all ages and all skill levels, giving them an extra edge to play an entire match without performance being sacrificed.