PLYMOUTH — Dennis McManus has been named the 2013 recipient of the Patricia Storer Award.
McManus has been an integral part of the of the Plymouth State family for over 30 years, first as a student, student-athlete, athletic trainer, head baseball coach and mentor. His volunteer efforts run the gamut from serving as Commencement Day assistant, volunteering for a decade at the New Hampshire Food Bank and spearheading a "Prostate Cancer Awareness" day at PSU.
Plymouth State University President Sara Jayne Steen said McManus is very deserving of the award due to his commitment to the institution and the community. "Dennis is someone who does extraordinary good ...who works on behalf of all of us, and we respect and admire that," said Steen. "This is a person who has made an extraordinary difference."
The Patricia Storer Award was established in 2008 to honor a Plymouth State employee who exemplifies dedication, knowledge and respect in serving the students, staff and faculty at Plymouth State University. Storer was a longtime Plymouth State employee who, during her career, served in a variety of roles, including faculty member in the education department, dean of women students, associate dean of academic affairs, and registrar. McManus said he is proud to receive the award.
"I'm very honored to be the 2013 recipient of the Pat Storer Award," McManus said.
"I think I can speak for everyone at the University when I say we don't do things in order to get recognized, but it is very nice and very flattering to receive this award. Much of the credit, however, goes to my student-athletes. Like success on the field, all accomplishments are ultimately a team effort not just the work of one person."
Former PSU women's basketball coach Lauren Lavigne nominated McManus for the award.
"Dennis has dedicated himself to the Plymouth State community on and off the field," Lavigne said. "What he has meant to our department and to the countless student-athletes he has taught and coached is immense. He's a mentor, a leader, and proud Plymouth State alum."
McManus has been the PSU head baseball for 30 years and is active on numerous NCAA and ECAC Selection Committees, and is past president of the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association. Over the years Dennis has conducted numerous youth baseball clinics for the community.
McManus, a Concord native and Campton resident, is married and has two children and two grandchildren.