Nov. 26, 2013
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Mizzou soccer's Director of Multimedia Barbara Maningat will travel to Carson, Calif., to work as a videographer for U.S. Soccer. Maningat accepted the offer in mid-November and will attend the full Women's National Team training camp at the National Training Center from Dec. 9-15.
While in Carson, Maningat will shoot and produce feature videos of the training camp and national team players for U.S. Soccer's YouTube channel at YouTube.com/ussoccer.
In the summer of 2013, Head Coach Bryan Blitz put Maningat in contact with a representative of the Women's National Team who has acted as a mentor for her throughout the regular season.
"I've been fortunate enough to receive fantastic feedback and constructive criticism from U.S. Soccer on the videos I create for the Mizzou Soccer program throughout this year," Maningat said. "This has been a great working relationship that has helped me improve our content and become better. It's been great enough to have U.S. Soccer as an advisor, but to work with them is a dream come true."
Maningat is a graduate assistant pursuing a master's degree in strategic communication at the Missouri School of Journalism. She has worked for the Mizzou Soccer program for two regular seasons, creating all video content, managing social media, assisting in media relations and handling various internal communications duties for the team.
"I love my job and the players really make it easy for me to showcase their personalities in how I promote the team," Maningat explained. "My goal with Mizzou soccer has always been to give our fans an inside look at our athletes and feel a connection with them."
Prior to her work with Mizzou, Maningat broke into the world of soccer with a TV internship for Major League Soccer's Sporting Kansas City in the summer of 2010. The following year she went on to become the first-ever intern for The England Football Association's video department, FATV in London, U.K.
"I wouldn't trade these experiences for the world. Working for Sporting KC and The FA made me fall in love with the sport and opened my eyes to what can really be accomplished with sports video in such professional programs," said Maningat.
Maningat's stint with U.S. Soccer is another step in the right direction as she hopes to continue doing video promotions work in the future.
"This is an incredible opportunity for me to be in the presence of some of the best soccer players in the world and I can't even begin to describe how excited I am to get started."