Durham Sports Commission Names Manning as Executive Director

Marcus Manning

DURHAM, N.C. — The Durham Sports Commission (DSC) announced Marcus Manning as its new executive director. Manning will lead efforts to create economic and social impact in Durham by strengthening the area’s sports culture, expanding access to sports for residents and attracting and cultivating sporting events in the Bull City.

“Strategic leadership is more important than ever, especially now for the sports and sports tourism industries, which have been stalled since the onset of the pandemic,” said Susan Amey, president and CEO of Discover Durham. “We’re thrilled for Marcus to step into the position. He brings a wealth of experience and an innovative mindset, which will help the Durham sports scene rebound by crafting what sporting events and sports culture need to look like as we recover.”

Manning was the director of athletics and recreation at Centenary College of Louisiana.

He also formerly served as Maryville University’s director of athletics and vice president for athletics and recreation. Under his leadership, Maryville saw academic and athletic success, winning the NCAA President’s Award for Academic Success five times in six years and earning the NCAA DII Tournament bids in women’s basketball, men’s soccer, softball and men’s wrestling.

For more information, visit www.durhamncsports.com.