Louisville adds former Kansas star Danny Manning to coaching staff

Louisville men’s basketball coach Kenny Payne continues to add to his coaching staff, and the new recruit is a familiar face among basketball fans. The new Cardinals coach has hired Danny Manning as associate head coach for the upcoming season, the team announced.

“Very rarely do you have the opportunity to hire a coach who encompasses all of the experiences of a college basketball player,” Payne said of Manning. “I’m so excited and thrilled to bring a family member, friend and coach who has lived a special life as a player and coach into the culture I’m trying to establish. Danny Manning is that and well. Moreover.

Manning is best known for leading Kansas to a national championship as a player in 1988, while also being named National College Player of the Year and NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player that year. During his four-year college career with the Jayhawks, he played in 147 games and averaged more than 20 points per game in each of his final two seasons.

In the 1988 NBA Draft, Manning was selected No. 1 overall by the Clippers. He has a 15-year career in the NBA, playing for seven different teams and making two All-Star appearances.

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After retiring from the NBA in 2003, Manning transitioned into college coaching. He was back with Kansas for 10 years, including as an assistant coach during the team’s 2008 national championship.

Manning spent three years as head coach of Tulsa before Wake Forest hired him to lead their program in 2014. In six years as head coach of the Demon Deacons, Manning led them to a tournament of the NCAA.

After Wake Forest let Manning go in 2020, Maryland hired him as an assistant. Manning then took over as interim head coach of the Terrapins last year when the team parted ways with Mark Turgeon and went 10-12.

Manning joins former Duke assistant Nolan Smith as well-known members of Payne’s new coaching staff.

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