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Danny Manning

Danny Manning completed his third USA Basketball coaching assignment as an assistant coach for the 2018 USA Basketball Men’s U18 National Team, which he helped lead to a 6-0 record and a gold medal at the 2018 FIBA Americas U18 Championship.

He previously helped USA Basketball to a bronze medal at the 2017 FIBA U19 World Cup and served as a court coach at the 2014 USA Men’s U18 National Team training camp.

As a USA Basketball athlete, Manning won a bronze medal with the 1988 U.S. Olympic Team, recording 11.4 points and 6.0 rebounds a game; he was named the 1987 USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year after posting a team-leading 14.6 points and 5.4 rebounds per game with the 1987 U.S. Pan American Games Team, which captured the silver medal; and he won gold medals with the 1985 U.S. Olympic Festival North Team and the 1984 USA R. William Jones Cup Team.

Now in his fifth season at Wake Forest University, Manning owned an overall a career head coaching record of 92-102 through the 2017-18 season, which included two seasons at the University of Tulsa (2012-13 and 2013-14). 

In 2016-17, Manning led Wake Forest to a 19-14 record and the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2010.

Following a 15 year NBA career, Manning spent nine seasons on Self’s staff at his alma mater Kansas. Manning served as director of student-athlete development/team manager for four seasons (2003-04 to 2006-07) and was an assistant coach for five seasons (2007-08 to 2011-12), aiding the Jayhawks to the 2008 NCAA national championship.

In his two seasons as the head coach at the University of Tulsa, Manning compiled a record of 38-29 (.567).

He led Tulsa in 2013-14 to a 21-13 record, a share of a conference regular-season title and the NCAA Tournament second round. He was named the 2014 Conference USA Coach of the Year. Manning also was a finalist for two national Coach of the Year awards including the Jim Phelan Award and the Ben Jobe Award.

During his time on staff at Kansas, Manning was a part of one NCAA national title, two Final Fours, five NCAA Elite Eight appearances, eight Big 12 regular season conference titles, five Big 12 tournament championships and 269 career victories. During his five-year tenure as an assistant coach, Kansas went 164-24 (.872) overall.

As a player, he starred for four seasons (1984-1988) at Kansas and played in 147 games and graduated as Kansas’ all-time leading scorer and rebounder having accumulated 2,951 points (20.1 ppg.) and 1,187 rebounds (8.1 rpg.).

Named an All-American and the national player of the year after leading the Jayhawks to the NCAA championship in 1988, Manning was chosen as the 1988 NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player.

Manning was named a consensus first-team All-America selection in 1987 and 1988, the consensus College Player of the Year in 1988 and a three-time Big Eight Conference Player of the Year (1986, 1987, 1988).

Manning is the first coaching hire in Atlantic Coast Conference basketball history to come into the job with NCAA championships as a player and as a coach to his name. 

He was inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008.

He was the No. 1 draft pick in the 1988 NBA Draft and a 15-year veteran of the NBA. He was a 1993 and 1994 NBA All-Star and the 1998 Sixth Man of the Year.

His 15 years in the NBA included seven different professional teams – the L.A. Clippers, Atlanta Hawks, Phoenix Suns, Milwaukee Bucks, Utah Jazz, Dallas Mavericks and Detroit Pistons. He averaged 14.0 points and 5.2 rebounds per game during his NBA career, spanning 883 total games.

During his playing days, Manning was a representative for the NBA Players Association.

Manning retired from professional basketball in 2003 and began his coaching career at Kansas.

Originally from Greensboro, N.C. Manning was named to the Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame in 2008. He played at Greensboro Page High School before transferring to Lawrence High School (Kan.) prior to his senior year. He is also a member of the Lawrence High School Hall of Fame.

Manning earned his degree in communication from the University of Kansas in 1991.


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