New running backs coach Travis Burkett is impressed by his group's talent and willingness to learn.
Sean Manuel took over as the program’s new strength and conditioning coach in 2017 and was reunited with head coach Tony Sanchez as Manuel previously worked for him at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas. Manuel, who also served as offensive line coach at the prep powerhouse, oversaw the Gaels’ strength and conditioning program starting with the 2010 season and saw BGHS win the state championship during all his seven years at the school, including being named consensus national champions the last three campaigns. Previous to moving to Las Vegas, Manuel also coached under Sanchez at California High School in San Ramon from 2004-09, overseeing various position groups along with the team’s strength and conditioning program. Manuel also spent time as a director at the Velocity Sports Performance Center in Dublin, California, and had his own business, Manuel Fitness, that worked with multiple athletic teams. An all-conference tight end at New Mexico State, where he was also teammates with Sanchez, Manuel and his identical twin brother, Sam, were both chosen in the seventh round of the 1996 NFL Draft by the San Francisco. Sean played for the 49ers and spent time with the Kansas City Chiefs and teams in NFL Europe and the XFL before retiring from the sport. A former high school football national strength coach of the year, Manuel is a certified member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association and holds certification with NASM as a fitness nutrition specialist, corrective exercise specialist and mixed martial arts conditioning specialist. He earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Columbia College in 2007. Manuel and his wife, Rebekah, have three daughters, Jaden, Aliana and Alessia, and two sons, Santino and Marcuscio.