Manny Schellscheidt one of the most respected coaches in the U.S. has been men’s soccer coach at Seton Hall University 16 years.
But he was one of the most influential men in New Jersey soccer long before that.
At Seton Hall, Manfred led the Pirates to winning campaigns in 15 of his 16 seasons.
More impressively, he has guided Seton hall to two Big East Championships, six NCAA Tournament berths and six conference title game appearances. The first coach in the United States to earn an “A-1” license, Schellscheidt has enjoyed much success at Seton Hall, winning over 175 games.
His experience extends far beyond the collegiate level. During his career he has coached the 1984 United States Olympic Team and two editions of the U.S. Pan American Games team, along with numerous youth national squads. Through the years, Schellscheidt had coached over half the members of the 1990 United States World Cup Team.
Inducted into the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame and selected to the “Collegiate All-Coaches Team” by Soccer America in 1990, Manny has long been rated one of the outstanding coaches in the nation.
During his career, he was very involved with the youth soccer in the US, as well as locally with the Union Lancers. He currently serves as the Region I head coach in the Olympic Development Program. In 2000, he coached the U-14 Boys National Team.
Schellscheidt was one of the first inductees into the College Soccer Association of New Jersey’s Wall of Fame in December, 1995. That year he received the “Spirit of the Game” award from the Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association of New Jersey, citing his good sportsmanship and work with youth programs.
A 1967 graduate of the University of Sports in Cologne, Germany, Schellscheidt is a United States Soccer Federation Region I staff coach. He wrote “Youth League: Soccer Skills-Mastering the Ball, which was published in the spring of 1992. He was inducted into the New Jersey Youth Soccer Association Hall of Fame in 1991.
He came to the U.S. in 1964 from his native Solingen, Germany, where he played for the FC Solingen and FC Victoria Cologne. Upon arriving in the United States, he immediately began playing with the semi-pro Elizabeth Sports Club of the German-American League and helped the team to the U.S. Open Cup titles in 1970 and 1972.
He has been involved with five other national championship teams. He played for the Philadelphia Atoms which win the North American League crown in 1973, coached the New Jersey Americans to the 1977 ASL title, and was a player-coach for the Rhode Island Oceaneers, which won the 1974 ASL title, earning him “Coach of the Year” honors. Schellscheidt also coached the 19-and-under Union Lancers club team to the McGuire Cup Title in both 1987 and 1988.
Schellscheidt and his wife Annette reside in Union and they have two daughters, Jackie and Janet, and a son Karl, who was a former player at Princeton University.