Ryan Mantlo enters his twelfth year at Cape Fear Community College and third as Director of Athletics. Mantlo hit the ground running in his new role in 2016, increasing the athletic scholarships awarded by 50 percent and setting his sights on making the student-athlete experience his chief goal. With that in mind, Mantlo spearheaded an agreement with the City of Wilmington to make Legion Stadium the new home of Sea Devil Soccer. Legion Stadium, a 6,000 seat stadium was home to the Wilmington Hammerheads of the PDL and boasts a state of the art scoreboard, and artificial turf to allow for a higher level of play. Next, Mantlo set his sights on taking the men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball programs to the next level with the Schwartz Center Renovation. Included in the renovation is new locker rooms, an academic center and player lounge, a new weight room and a training room. New LED lights brighten up the arena showcasing a state of the art wood floor, roll-away goals, chair back bleachers and a video board. Completion of this renovation is set for November 2018 with games scheduled for January 2019. The final piece of Mantlo’s initial vision was to make the academic side mirror the same success his athletic teams have showcased. With this new plan in motion, Sea Devil student-athletes have reached levels never obtained before. The fall of 2017 showcased three teams achieving a team 3.0 or higher.
Mantlo also serves as the Head Men's Basketball Coach. During Coach Mantlo’s eleven seasons at the helm of the men’s basketball program, the Sea Devils have won five Region 10 tournament titles, five District 10 championships and reached the National Tournament five times. Mantlo has garnered District 10 coach of the year five times and was also named Region 10 coach of the year twice, most recently in 2011 while guiding the Sea Devils to a record number of wins, (26-9) and an eighth place finish in the National Tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas. During his tenure at CFCC, Mantlo has averaged over 20 wins a season while producing 24 all-conference players and three Region 10 Players of the Year. He also produced the school’s first ever basketball All-Americans, Monquel Pegues in 2007, Cephas Oglesby in 2010, Emmanuel Andrews in 2012, Faronte Drakeford in 2013, and Anthony Vanhook in 2015. Coach Mantlo also produced the school’s first ever first-team All-American in Tavares Speaks in 2011. Mantlo is an accomplished player and leader and carries with him a degree from Liberty University in the area of sports management.
As a graduate of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, Mantlo served as team captain leading the Flames basketball team to a Big South conference championship and a berth in the NCAA tournament. As a junior, Mantlo made an immediate impact on the Liberty basketball program by contributing record number of minutes played, a team-leading 81 assists, and a team-leading 57 steals. During the same year, Mantlo recorded a double-double against the University of Iowa with 10 points and 10 rebounds while also adding four steals against the Big Ten Conference powerhouse. His former coach Randy Dunton noted Mantlo's "leadership abilities on the court" and his "basketball savvy" as two of his main attributes. Mantlo led his team to an 18-15 record during the 2003-2004 season, a conference championship, and to an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament; a season and career highlight.
Prior to Mantlo's arrival at Liberty University, he played at Eastern Wyoming Community College for former Liberty assistant coach Bob Davis, and, as a sophomore, was recognized as an all-conference, all-region, and all-tournament player. He averaged 19 points, six rebounds, and five assists per contest for Eastern Wyoming. He helped guide his team to a 29-6 record, a Wyoming Community College Athletic Conference Championship, and a Region IX Tournament runner-up spot in 2001-02.
Mantlo currently resides in Wilmington with his wife Nikky, daughter Mason and dog Hutch.