"Chepo" came up through the Chivas youth academies, and was an important player for all the teams he played for. He had a short stint in Europe with Spanish club Real Oviedo, where he played 32 games and scored 8 goals. He became champion with Chivas in the 1986 season defeating Cruz Azul in the Estadio Jalisco. He also played at Puebla, Cruz Azul, Tigres, and Necaxa. De la Torre was also called up for the Mexico national team on various occasions, but unfortunately he was never called for a FIFA World Cup.
|1.||June 30, 1991||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States||Canada||2 –0||3–1||1991 CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|2.||December 4, 1991||Estadio Nou Camp, Leon, Mexico||Hungary||3 –0||3–0||Friendly|
|3.||March 8, 1992||Estadio Azulgrana, Mexico City, Mexico||CIS||2 –0||4–0||Friendly|
|4.||October 7, 1992||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States||El Salvador||1 –0||2–0||Friendly|
|5.||November 15, 1992||Estadio Azulgrana, Mexico City, Mexico||Honduras||1 –0||2–0||1994 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|6.||November 22, 1992||Estadio Azulgrana, Mexico City, Mexico||Costa Rica||4 –0||4–0||1994 FIFA World Cup qualification|
On December 10, 2006, Guadalajara won their eleventh league championship, making de la Torre the youngest coach to win a championship in the last decade at age 40 years & 27 days, and making Guadalajara the club with the most titles in the Primera División de México (their record would later be surpassed by América in 2014)
In mid 2008, de la Torre became the coach of Club Toluca. In the beginning of the season Toluca had a relatively weak start, but improved as the season progressed, finishing with a five-game non-losing streak and taking 13 out of 15 points. They then went on to win the tournament.
He won his second championship with Toluca in 2010, defeating Santos in a penalty shoot-out where Toluca came back from a 1–3 deficite to win the penalty shoot out 4–3.
Mexico national team
On October 18, 2010 it was announced that de la Torre would become the new manager of Mexico national team at the end of the 2010 Torneo Apertura.   He made his debut as Mexico's manager on February 9, 2011 in a friendly match against Bosnia and Herzegovina, which Mexico won 2–0.  De la Torre's first tournament as Mexico's manager was the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup. His first game of the tournament was on June 8, 2011 against El Salvador which Mexico won 5–0. The Mexican team won all three of their group stage matches. De la Torre's Mexico team would go undefeated throughout the tournament, winning all six of their games and eventually defeated the United States 4–2 in the final.  De la Torre's first defeat as Mexico's manager came on October 11, 2011 in a friendly against Brazil, who came back and won 1–2. 
On June 16, 2013, Mexico faced Italy and lost 1–2 in their first match of the 2013 Confederations Cup. The only goal scored by Mexico in the game was scored by Javier Hernández via a penalty kick. The Mexican team's performance was criticized, with the team lacking creativity, offensive spark, and a poor display in the midfield during most of the match, frequently giving away the ball to Italian opposition. This resulted in many people to question De la Torre's future as the manager of the team. On July 19, 2013 after a 2–0 loss to Brazil and Italy defeating Japan 4–3, Mexico was knocked out in the group stage of the Confederations Cup, the team did manage to defeat Japan in their last match of the tournament.
In their first group match of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Mexico lost 1–2 to Panama. Mexico eventually won the last two group games against Canada and Martinique and ended second in Group A. After defeating Trinidad and Tobago in the quarter-finals they were eliminated by Panama in the semi-finals, missing the final for the first time since 2005.
In the qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup the national team fared poorly, only managing to win one out of seven games and scoring a total of only 4 goals during those games. Mexico's were not able to defeat such as Jamaica, Costa Rica, Honduras, and Panama at home. Observers marveled at Mexico's "unprecedented collapse" under de la Torre, considering the fact that Mexico had won the gold medal in the most recent Olympic Games and had talented players in Giovani Dos Santos and Javier Hernández. On September 6, Mexico lost to Honduras at the Estadio Azteca. The defeat was Mexico's second loss at home in 77 qualifying matches.
After the loss to Honduras, de la Torre stated that his development "project" of the national team was going "very well."  The Mexican press branded the national team as the "ratones verdes", or "green mice", and noted that Mexico was in danger of not qualifying to the World Cup for the first time in over two decades. 
Return to Guadalajara
On October 8, 2014, Jose Manuel de la Torre was hired as coach for 2nd time to Guadalajara. The club started the 2015 season with a 2-1 loss against Chiapas, and this result caused them to become tied in the last position of the Liga MX relegation table with Puebla. The very next week the club showed better character after a 2-1 win at home against Pumas UNAM in front of a very supportful, sold out crowd of fans. By game 12 of the 2015 Clausura season, Guadalajara managed to earn 21 points after winning crucial matches against teams such as Monterrey and relegation rivals Puebla. José Manuel de la Torre's strategic 4-2-3-1 formation proved effect during matches despite the fans' constant requests to use two strikers in the starting line-up. In game 13 of the season, Guadalajara defeated Club León in the Estadio Omnilife's 100th official match and went up to 1st place with 24 points. José Manuel de la Torre's effectiveness rose to 62.1%, the highest rate in the Clausura 2015 season. The club finished the 2015 Clausura in fifth place with a total of 26 points, along with the third best defense of the season, thus, qualifying to the playoffs for the first time since 2012. Guadalajara was able to make it to the quarterfinals, they faced rivals Atlas. The first match ended in a 0-0 draw. Second match was a 4-1 win over Atlas, with a hat-trick from Marco Fabian advancing to the semi-final, facing Santos Laguna. In the second match of the semi-finals, Guadalajara fell short losing to Santos Laguna in a 3-0 loss, failing to advance to the finals. After a rough start during the 2015 Apertura season, the club controversially sacked De la Torre. 
- Coach of the Tournament (1): Bicentenario 2010
- As of 14 January 2017
|Mexico||January 2011||September 2013||50||27||12||11||54.00|
|Guadalajara||8 October 2014||14 September 2015||27||9||9||9||33.33|
|Santos Laguna||17 August 2016||Present||17||4||7||6||23.53|