We wanted Kenny Payne to hire an assistant with experience as a head coach. Kenny Payne has hired an assistant with experience as a head coach.
It is also worth mentioning that all three of Louisville’s current coaches won an NCAA championship in college, were selected in the NBA Draft, and ultimately played in the NBA. This will remain the case if Milt Wagner ends up becoming Payne’s third assistant.
Here is the official release about Manning from U of L:
Danny Manning, who has served as collegiate manager or assistant coach for 15 years and is one of the leading players in college basketball history, has joined the University of Louisville men’s basketball staff as associate head coach under the Cardinals’ first-year head coach Kenny Payne.
Manning has nearly nine years of experience as head coach, having coached for two seasons in Tulsa (2012-14), six in Wake Forest (2014-20) and an extended period as interim head coach in Maryland last season (2021-22) . He was also the assistant coach at Kansas for six years (2006-12), helping the Jayhawks win the 2008 NCAA Championship. He has guided two different schools to the NCAA Tournament and won a regular conference season and tournament title. He worked as an analyst for ESPN in the 2020-21 season.
“Very rarely do you have the opportunity to hire a coach that includes all the experiences that a college basketball player goes through,” Payne said. “I am so excited and excited to bring a family member, a friend and a coach who has lived a special life as both a player and a coach in the culture I am trying to establish. Danny Manning is that and much more. ”
Manning’s impressive basketball resume includes being a member of the Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, a two-time First Team All-American, the overall No. 1 overall in the 1988 NBA Draft, a two-time NBA All-Star, 1998 NBA Sixth Man of the Year, NCAA Champion as a player and assistant coach, triple Division I head coach and Olympian.
“I’m very lucky, blessed and excited to be a part of the City of Louisville, the University of Louisville and Louisville Basketball with Coach Payne,” Manning said. “I’ve spent a lot of fun time watching the Louisville Basketball program going back to the Metro Conference Tournament. I’ve been lucky enough to see a lot of people around basketball in my career. KP is someone I’ve always admired for his work ethic, knowledge of the game and passion for helping young men achieve their dreams and do things the right way.I am blessed that he has given me this chance to continue working with young men, influencing their lives on and off the field and help them achieve their dreams.I’m just as happy to work with Nolan Smith, as his father was a mentor to me and Kenny. Derek helped show me the ropes of high-level basketball. “
All three coaches currently on the UofL staff have won an NCAA Championship as a player, and two have also won national titles as a member of the coaching staff at their respective institutions: Payne as a player in Louisville in 1986 and as an assistant coach at Kentucky in 2012; Manning as a player in Kansas in 1988 and as an assistant coach when the Jayhawks won the title in 2008; and UofL assistant coach Nolan Smith who plays for Duke when the Blue Devils won the championship in 2010.
Manning had most recently become assistant coach at Maryland in April 2021, before serving as interim head coach after then-head coach Mark Turgeon resigned on December 3rd. Maryland had a record of 15-17 with seven quad 1 and 2 wins, including four top 25 wins after playing 18 games against teams in the 2022 NCAA Tournament. The Terrapins were 13-1 as they led by five minutes left, with the lone loss coming in at No. 3 Purdue.
After taking over a fighting Wake Forest program, Manning guided the Demon Deacons to a record of 19-14 in his third season in 2016-17 and reached the NCAA First Four, their first postseason appearance in seven seasons. Deacs was led by American John Collins, who was selected by the Atlanta Hawks with the No. 19 overall NBA Draft. After the season, Manning received the Skip Prosser Man of the Year award, presented annually to the country’s top coach, who was successful on the field and showed moral integrity out of it. Fourteen players in Wake Forest continued to play professionally under Manning. Sixteen players came on the dean’s list, and 29 players achieved a 3.0 GPA during their WFU careers. The team’s GPA of 3.05 was the highest in the program’s history.
Manning came to Wake Forest after spending two seasons as head coach at the University of Tulsa. He was named Conference USA Coach of the Year 2013-14 after leading the Golden Hurricane to the Conference Championship and NCAA Tournament, Tulsa’s first appearance in 11 years. Manning was a finalist for two national Coach of the Year awards in 2013-14, including the Jim Phelan Award, given to the nation’s top coach, and the Ben Jobe Award, given to the country’s best minority coach. Manning had an overall record of 38-29 (0.567) during his two seasons in Tulsa.
Before taking over the reins in Tulsa, Manning spent nine seasons on the staff of Kansas, his alma mater. After retiring from professional basketball in 2003, he began his coaching career as a member of Bill Self’s first staff in Kansas as Director of Student-Athlete Development / Team Manager.
Manning was promoted to assistant coach in March 2007 and helped the Jayhawks win the national title in 2008 in his first season in his new position. He also helped Kansas advance to the 2012 national title fight in his final season at Lawrence.
During his time as a staffer in Kansas, Manning was part of a national NCAA 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 term as an assistant coach, Kansas went 164-24 (.872).
In addition to coaching at the collegiate level, Manning has been involved internationally with USA Basketball. In 2017, he spent the summer as an assistant coach on John Calipari’s staff on the U19 national team. In 2018, he assisted Self with the U18 national team. He has previously served as a track coach during the U18 national team’s training camps.
During his career, Manning played for eight head coaches now rooted in Springfield: Larry Brown (Kansas, Los Angeles Clippers), Denny Crum (1987 Pan American Games), Don Nelson (Dallas Mavericks), Lute Olson (1984 USA R . William (Jones Cup), Jerry Sloan (Utah Jazz), John Thompson (1988 Olympics), Paul Westhead (Phoenix Suns) and Lenny Wilkens (Atlanta Hawks). As a coach, he has been mentored by Hall of Famers Bill Self in Kansas and John Calipari with the U.S. U19 national team.
As a 6-10 year old and one of the best big men to ever play college basketball, Manning has gained a reputation as one of the best coaches for big men in the country. The most recent example of his expertise with mail players was John Collins, who in two seasons with Demon Deacons went from being placed outside the top 100 in his high school class in 2015 to No. 19 in the 2017 NBA Draft. Manning has coached 15 NBA draft picks, including ten first-round picks and nine current NBA players.
Manning had a legendary playing career at the University of Kansas, where his No. 25 jersey is retired. He is Kansas’ leading goal scorer and rebounder of all time, ending his four-year career with 2,951 points and 1,187 rebounds. The No. 12 goal scorer in NCAA history, Manning was named a Consensus First Team All-America Selection in 1987 and 1988, Consensus College Player of the Year in 1988 and a Three Times Big Eight Conference Player of the Year (1986) 1987, 1988. ).
Manning was named the 1988 NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player, while leading the Jayhawks – called “Danny and the Miracles” – to an 83-79 victory over Oklahoma for the 1988 National Championship. He was also named MVP for the NCAA Midwest Regional in 1986 and 1988. Kansas finished 35-4 and advanced to the Final Four in Dallas in Manning’s second year in 1986, a year Louisville would win the national title.
As a player, his Kansas team defeated Louisville on three occasions – including twice in the Cardinals’ 1986 NCAA Championship season – while averaging 8.3 points and 3.3 rebounds in matchups during his second and junior years. . In a list compiled in 2020, The Sporting News listed Manning as the second-best collegiate player ever since the NCAA group expanded.
Recognized for all his achievements on the court, Manning was inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame on November 23, 2008.
Los Angeles Clippers’ No. 1 overall in the 1988 NBA Draft, Manning played 15 seasons in the league for seven different professional teams – the Los Angeles 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. Manning was a two-time NBA All-Star (1993, 1994) and won the league’s sixth man of the year with Phoenix in 1998. During his playing days, Manning was a representative of the NBA Players Association. He is currently a member of the NBA Retired Players Association.
Manning won a bronze medal as a member of the 1988 U.S. Olympic team in Seoul, South Korea. He also won a silver medal for the United States at the 1987 Pan American Games in Indianapolis, a team coached by former UofL Hall of Famer Denny Crum.
Manning was born in Hattiesburg, Miss., About 30 miles from the head coach’s birthplace Kenny Payne in Laurel, Miss., and grew up in Greensboro, NC. He was inducted into the Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame in 2008. He played at Greensboro Page High School and led the school to the 1983 state title at Greensboro Coliseum before moving to Lawrence (Kan.) High School before his senior year. He is also a member of the Lawrence High School Hall of Fame.
In 2012, Manning was named one of the 35 greatest McDonald’s All-Americans, celebrating the 35th anniversary of McDonald’s All American High School Boys Basketball Game.
Manning earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications degree from the University of Kansas in 1991.
Danny and his wife, Julie, have two children – daughter Taylor, who played volleyball in Kansas, and son Evan, who played basketball in Kansas and is currently a trained assistant with the Gonzaga basketball program for men.
Danny Manning Coaching career
2006–12 Assistant Coach, Kansas
2012–14 Head Coach, Tulsa
2014–20 Head Coach, Wake Forest
2021 Assistant Coach, Maryland
2021–22 Interim Head Coach, Maryland