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.
Currently Archie serves as Chairman of the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame and is a member of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame committee and an active member of the Allstate Sugar Bowl championship committee.
In the NFL, Archie was the 2nd player selected in the 1971 NFL draft and 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. He is a member of the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame and its Ring of Honor. As a college quarterback at Ole Miss, 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. Archie was the SEC Player of the Year in 1969. And in 1989, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. He is also an inductee in the Ole Miss, Sugar Bowl and Gator Bowl Hall of Fames.
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. He has been recognized across the nation for his character, integrity and leadership on and off the field. This past year, Archie was recognized as the 2018 Walter Camp Football Foundation Distinguished American Award recipient, the Southeastern Conference Legend’s 2018 Mike Slive Distinguished Service Award selection and awarded the National World War II Museum’s American Spirit Medallion; Past recipients of this award include former President George H.W. Bush, Tom Brokaw and Gen. Colin Powell. He also received the prestigious Gold Medal Award (2016) from the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, became the eighth recipient in 2013 of the NFL’s prestigious “Pat Summerall Award” and in 2004 honored as the recipient of the Davey O’Brien Legends Award. A portion of the Manning Passing Academy proceeds is donated to Special Olympics Louisiana and Bridge House/Grace House New Orleans. Archie and Peyton have written a book entitled “Manning: A Father, His Sons and A Football Legacy” and also have a national quarterback award named after the family – the Manning Award, hosted by the Sugar Bowl Committee, in honor of Archie, Peyton and Eli. This award is the only national quarterback award that considered the candidates post-season play. 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 around 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 nine grandchildren by Cooper, Peyton and Eli.
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. He 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 or cohosted numerous projects over the years, including both television and radio shows during football season on WWL in New Orleans.
One of the most popular staff members among the campers, he 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 a live Q&A sessions with all the college players on staff.
He is currently a Principal at AJ Capital Partners, a vertically-integrated real estate development and investment firm. As the Senior Managing Director, Cooper focuses on business development and investor relations. In 2014, A.J. Capital launched the Graduate Hotels brand, a hand-crafted collection of hotels in university-anchored markets across the country.
There are currently 11 open and operating hotels across the country with an additional eight under development and slated to be open by 2020. During the NFL season, Cooper hosts “The Manning Hour (minus 58 minutes)” on Fox Sports NFL Sunday.
He is active with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, The Academy of Sacred Heart and his alma mater Isidore Newman School.
A University of Mississippi graduate, he resides in New Orleans with his wife Ellen are the proud parents of May, and two sons, Arch and Heid.
Cooper remains the most handsome Manning and has no plans of losing that title.
Peyton Manning - Senior Associate Director
Manning is widely regarded as one of the best quarterbacks to have ever played the game as the league’s only five-time MVP whose 13 Pro Bowl selections are the most ever by a QB.
Selected with the first overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts, Manning quickly made his presence known, setting five different NFL rookie records, including most TDs in a season and was named to the NFL All-Rookie First Team.
Manning enjoyed arguably his greatest season in 2013, earning his fifth MVP award and making his third trip to the Super Bowl while setting NFL single-season records in passing yards (5,477), touchdown passes (55) and quarterback rating (115.1). He also set Broncos single-season records in those categories, while his completions, yards and touchdown passes were career highs. The Associated Press selected him as the 2013 Offensive Player of the Year and also was the 2013 FedEx Air Player of the Year.
In 2012, Manning took over as QB of the Denver Broncos after spending the first 14 years of his illustrious career in Indianapolis and didn’t miss a beat after recovering from neck surgery in 2011, leading the Broncos to an AFC best 13-3 record. He also ranked second among starting quarterbacks with a passer rating of 105.8, third in touchdowns with 37 and accumulated 4,659 passing yards. He set Bronco single-season passing records in nearly every major passing category. For his accomplishments, he was recognized by the Associated Press as the 2012 NFL Comeback Player of the Year and also was named to his 12th Pro Bowl, his 6th as a first-team selection.
Before missing the 2011 season due to injury, 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 Colts’ 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 the Sullivan Award for the nation’s 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 Denver, Colorado and are the proud parents of twins, Mosley and Marshal.
Eli Manning - Senior Associate Director
Entering his 16 th NFL season, Eli has been an iron man in the league since making his first start on Nov. 21, 2004, which began a streak of 210 consecutive regular season games ranking him with the 3 rd longest streak by a quarterback in NFL History. As with the start of the 2019 season, Eli’s 230 starts ranks him 3 rd among active quarterbacks.
Following in his brother’s footsteps, Eli was a first draft pick (2004 Draft), played in multiple Super Bowl’s and was also selected as a Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award recipient.
Eli has won two Super Bowls and earned two Super Bowl MVP honors. In 2008, Eli led the Giants to victory in Super Bowl XLII and was named MVP (a year after Peyton won MVP). In 2012, Eli staked his claim among the premiere NFL passers when he led the Giants to their second Super Bowl title and also claimed his second Super Bowl MVP award in Super Bowl XLVI. He joins Phil Simms and Otis Anderson as the only Giants who have won the MVP award and the only Giants quarterback to win it twice.
He is also the Giant’s all-time leading passer and owns six all-time Giants passing records. He is the first Giants quarterback to throw for more than 3,000 yards in 14 consecutive seasons, the first to have seven 4,000-yard seasons and the first to throw at least 20 touchdown passes 8 years in a row. He also tossed 20 or more touchdowns in 13 seasons as a starter.
Manning has thrown for at least 3,000 yards as a starter in 14 of the past 15 seasons. In 2011, he threw for a career-high 4,933 yards. Manning has participated in four pro bowls during his career
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 six years has hosted the “Guiding Eyes For The Blind Golf Classic”, the oldest and largest charity event in Westchester County, NY. He has also been chairman of the annual Walk for Babies, a flagship event for the March of Dimes.
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 are the proud parents of three daughter’s Ava, Lucy, and Caroline and one son, Charles “Charlie” Elisha.
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.
Jeff "Hawk" Hawkins - Associate Director
Hawk has been the Associate Camp Director since 1997. He is responsible for all aspects of administration. He is in his 17th season at the University of Oregon where he serves as the Senior Associate Athletic Director for Football Administration and the Director of the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex. 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 a position coach and 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.
Kyle Wiest - Assistant Director
Kyle, is entering his 15th 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.
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 Police 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.
Greg Blackwell - Director of Public Relations
Greg has been with the MPA since 1998 as the Director of Public Relations. He is currently the Regional Marketing Director for Community National Title, a Texas based title insurance company. He previously was the Director of the TCU Lettermen's Association at Texas Christian University from 2007-19, 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 Army as a Paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division before moving on to college where he earned a degree in Communications from Memphis State University.
He and his wife Lydia reside in Fort Worth, Texas with their son Christian.
Andy Solari - Director of Communications
Since 2003, Andy 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.
Ed Nishioka - Director of Marketing and Promotions
Ed has handled local marketing and video production for the MPA since 2006.
His company, DNA Communications LLC, has handled media, marketing and PR for the NFL Pro Bowl for the past 19 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.
Jim Marinelli - Director of Operations
Since 2004, Jim has overseen all aspects of logistical operations of the camp including set-up and break-down and everything in between.
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.
Parker Waters - Director of Photography
Parker has been the official photographer for the MPA since 2009, capturing the experiences of campers and staff alike. He currently serves as the photographer for Tulane Athletics,the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA affiliate of the Miami Marlins) and SportsNola.com. He regularly covers both NFL and NBA games, high school games for MaxPreps and has covered the Superbowl and National Championships in football, basketball and golf.
Parker is originally from Fort Walton Beach, FL and now resides in New Orleans. He earned his BA degree from Tulane University. Prior to pursuing his career in photography, he served as Second Vice President of market and product development in the International Division of a New Orleans based insurance company.