|High School:||Phillipsburg HS|
High School: Attended Phillipsburg High School where he was a four-year letterwinner for the Panthers as a three-sport athlete. He earned All-League in the MCL in football and basketball, and was a Class 3A All-State football player. Academically, he was a Honor Student all four years.
Personal: Son of Kristine Manz and Blaine VanKooten... Has four siblings: Carmen and Cash Manz, Allee and Fletcher VanKooten... Favorite musician is Kenney Chesney... Planned academic major is currently undecided.