Danny Manning
Danny  Manning

Greensboro, N.C.

Head Coach

Alma Mater:
University of Kansas, 1991

5th Season


Ikenna Smart Joins Wake Forest Basketball Program

Graduate transfer comes to the Demon Deacons from Buffalo


Postgame Quotes - Wake Forest vs. Georgia Tech

Wake Forest 79 - Georgia Tech 62


Postgame Quotes - Wake Forest vs. Florida State

Wake Forest 76 - FSU 72


Deacs Notch First-Ever Win Over Syracuse, 73-67

The Demon Deacons won their ACC home opener for the first time since 2013-14


Deacs Rally For 84-80 Win at Coastal

The Demon Deacons erased a five-point halftime deficit for their sixth-straight victory


The Deacon Minute Presented by WFU Baptist Health


2014-15 Media Day Coverage

The Demon Deacons hosted media day for the 2014-15 season at the Coliseum on Tuesday afternoon.


Danny Manning Commercial


The Danny Manning Era - Day 1


Danny Manning Introductory Press Conference


Wake Forest vs. Notre Dame

Wake Forest played Notre Dame in the regular season home finale Feb. 24 at the LJVM Coliseum.


Wake Forest vs. NC State

The Demon Deacons played host to the NC State Wolfpack on Saturday, Feb. 17 at the LJVM Coliseum.


Wake Forest vs. Syracuse (USATSI)

Wake Forest vs. Syracuse (USATSI) Men's Basketball


Wake Forest vs.Miami (USATSI)

Wake Forest vs.Miami (USATSI)


Wake Forest vs. Duke

Wake Forest hosted No. 4 Duke at the LJVM Coliseum on Tuesday, Jan. 23.

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One of the most accomplished players in the history of college basketball, Danny Manning is now developing a reputation as one of top coaches in the game. As he enters his fifth season at Wake Forest, a man who once starred in the NCAA Tournament and was a first round NBA draft pick is now mentoring and developing players who are accomplishing those feats.

As a player, Manning's resume is unrivaled. His list of accomplishments are what young players dream of achieving: NCAA Champion, consensus National Player of the Year, All-American, No. 1 overall NBA Draft Pick, NBA All-Star and College Basketball Hall of Famer. After winning a national title as an assistant coach at Kansas, Manning's first six years as a head coach have included taking two different schools to the NCAA Tournament, winning a conference regular season and tournament title and developing a NBA first round selection. With his undeniable track record of success, the future of Demon Deacon basketball looks bright under his leadership.

Manning was tasked to lead Wake Forest basketball in April, 2014 and return the program to national prominence. In 2016-17, the third year of that process, Manning's mark on the Demon Deacons was evident. The team went 19-14 and reached the NCAA First Four, its first postseason appearance in seven seasons. Wake Forest ranked in the top 10 nationally in offensive efficiency, averaged 82.8 points per game and set school records with 268 3-pointers and 77.8 percent from the free throw line.The Deacs were led by All-American John Collins, who was selected by the Atlanta Hawks with the No. 19 overall selection of the NBA Draft. Following the season, Manning received the Skip Prosser Man of the Year Award, given annually to a coach who had success on the court and shows moral integrity off of it. The following season, in 2017-18, the Demon Deacons defeated a pair of teams that reached the NCAA Sweet 16 in Syracuse and Florida State.

Manning celebrates Tulsa winning the 2014 Conference USA championship.

Manning began shaping his vision for the future of Wake Forest basketball during his first season at the helm in 2014-15. A young Demon Deacon squad that had three freshmen among its top five scorers developed throughout the season despite a 13-19 record. Five of their wins came against teams that competed in the postseason, including a victory over eventual NCAA Sweet 16 squad NC State, while three of their losses were by single digits to teams ranked in the top-five nationally. The Demon Deacons went 11-20 during Manning's second season, highlighted by a third-place finish at the Maui Invitational.

Manning came to Wake Forest after spending two seasons as the head coach at the University of Tulsa. He was named the 2013-14 Conference USA Coach of the Year after leading the Golden Hurricane to the conference championship and a berth in the round of 64 of the NCAA Tournament, Tulsa's first appearance since 2003. Manning was also 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 nation's top minority coach.

Manning posted a 38-29 (.567) overall record and a 21-11 (.656) record in Conference USA during his two seasons at Tulsa.

Prior to taking the reins at Tulsa, Manning spent nine seasons on the staff at 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 at Kansas. For four seasons, he served as Director of Student-Athlete Development/Team Manager. In that role, he was the team travel coordinator, oversaw equipment ordering and distribution and organized and assisted in the youth holiday clinic and summer camp program.

"I mean, who wouldn't want their son to be mentored by a guy who has everything you want your son to be? Think about it: he graduated, won a national championship, and was the No. 1 pick in the draft, an Olympian, two-time NBA all-star, family man, has his priorities straight. Who wouldn't want their son mentored by a guy like that on a daily basis?"
- Kansas Head Coach Bill Self

Manning was elevated to assistant coach in March 2007 and helped the Jayhawks win the 2008 national title in his first season in his new position. He also helped Kansas advance to the 2012 national title game in his final season in Lawrence.

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.

When he arrived in Winston-Salem, Manning was the first coaching hire in ACC basketball history to come into the job with NCAA championships as a player and as a coach to his name.

In addition to coaching at the collegiate level, Manning has been involved on the international level with USA Basketball. In 2017, he spent the summer as an assistant coach on John Calipari's staff of the U19 National Team and was on Self's staff in 2018 with the U18 National Team. He previously served as a court coach during U18 National Team training camps.

One of the reasons for Manning's success on the sidelines has been his experience playing for and coaching next to some of the legends of the sport. During his playing career, Manning played for seven head coaches now enshrined 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) and Lenny Wilkens (Atlanta Hawks). As a coach, he has been mentored by Hall of Famers Bill Self at Kansas and John Calipari with the USA U19 National Team.

Manning was an assistant coach on Kansas' 2008 NCAA Championship Team

At 6-10 and one of the top big men to ever play college basketball, Manning has earned a reputation as one of the best coaches of big men in the country. The latest example of his expertise with post players was John Collins, who in two seasons with the Demon Deacons went from ranked outside the top 100 in his high school class in 2015 to the No. 19 selection in the 2017 NBA Draft.

Manning has coached 15 NBA draft picks, including 10 first-round selections and nine current NBA players. NBA draft picks during his tenure include big men Wayne Simien, Julian Wright, Darrell Arthur, Darnell Jackson, Sasha Kaun, Cole Aldrich, twins Marcus and Markieff Morris, Jeff Withey and Thomas Robinson at Kansas, in addition to John Collins at Wake Forest.

Manning recruited two McDonald's High School All-Americans, including 2010 NBA first-round draft pick Xavier Henry. He also coached two Academic All-Americans in Cole Aldrich and Tyrel Reed.

A Jayhawk legend, Manning is Kansas' all-time leading scorer and rebounder, finishing his four-year career with 2,951 points and 1,187 rebounds. The 10th all-time leading scorer in NCAA history, 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 has twice appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated

Manning was named the 1988 NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player en route to leading the Jayhawks--dubbed "Danny and the Miracles"--to an 83-79 victory over Oklahoma for the 1988 national championship. He was also named the MVP of the NCAA Midwest Regional in 1986 and 1988. Manning's sophomore year in 1986 Kansas finished 35-4 and advanced to the Final Four in Dallas.

Recognized for all of his accomplishments on the court, Manning was inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame on November 23, 2008.

The No. 1 overall pick in the 1988 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers, Manning played 15 seasons in the league for 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. Manning was a two-time NBA All-Star (1993, 1994), and won the league's Sixth Man of the Year Award with Phoenix in 1998. During his playing days, Manning was a representative for the NBA Players Association.

Manning won a bronze medal as a member of the 1988 USA Olympic Team in Seoul, South Korea. He also won a silver medal for the U.S. at the 1987 Pan American games in Indianapolis.

A two-time All-Star, Manning played 15 seasons in the NBA

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, leading the school to the 1983 state title at the Greensboro Coliseum, before transferring to Lawrence (Kan.) High School prior to 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 in celebration of the 35th Anniversary of the McDonald's All American High School Boys Basketball Game.

Born May 17, 1966, Manning earned his degree in communication from the University of Kansas in 1991.

Danny and his wife, Julie, have two children -- daughter Taylor, who played volleyball at Kansas, and son Evan, who played basketball at Kansas and is currently the director of player development with the Demon Deacons.

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The Danny Manning File
Birthdate May 17, 1966
Birthplace Hattiesburg, Miss.
High School Lawrence (Kan.) HS
Greensboro Page (N.C.) HS
Alma Mater University of Kansas, 1991
Degree Communication
Wife Julie
Children daughter Taylor, son Evan
Professional Playing Background
NBA, 1988-2003
  • Played 15 seasons in the NBA for seven different teams (Clippers, Hawks, Suns, Bucks, Jazz, Mavericks, Pistons).
  • The No. 1 pick in the 1988 NBA Draft by the L.A. Clippers.
  • Two-time NBA All-Star (1993, 1994).
  • Sixth Man of the Year (1998).
  • Averaged 14.0 points and 5.2 rebounds in 883 career games.
College Playing Background
University of Kansas, 1984-88
  • Kansas' all-time leading scorer and rebounder, finishing his four-year career with 2,951 points and 1,187 rebounds.
  • 10th all-time leading scorer in NCAA history.
  • Consensus first-team All-American (1987, 1988).
  • Consensus College Player of the Year (1988).
  • Three-time Big Eight Conference Player of the Year (1986, 1987, 1988).
  • 1988 NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player after leading Kansas to the 1988 national title.
  • Led Kansas to the 1986 NCAA Final Four.
  • Inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame on November 23, 2008.
High School Playing Background
Page HS (Greensboro, N.C.)
  • Played at Page HS before transferring prior to his senior season.
  • Won the 1983 state championship over Goldsboro in the Greensboro Coliseum.
Lawrence HS (Lawrence, Kan.)
  • Graduated from Lawrence HS in 1984.
Coaching History
College Record 92-102 (6 seasons)
(5th season)
Head Coach, Wake Forest
(2 seasons)
Head Coach, University of Tulsa
(5 seasons)
Assistant Coach, University of Kansas
(4 seasons)
Director of Student-Athlete Development/Team Manager, University of Kansas

Manning's Year-by-Year Head Coaching Record
Season School W L Pct. W L Pct. Conference Finish
2012-13 Tulsa 17 16 .515 8 8 .500 5th
2013-14 Tulsa 21 13 .618 13 3 .813 t-1st / Won C-USA Tournament
2014-15 Wake Forest 13 19 .406 5 13 .278 12th
2015-16 Wake Forest 11 20 .355 2 16 .111 14th
2016-17 Wake Forest 19 14 .576 9 9 .500 10th
2017-18 Wake Forest 11 20 .355 4 14 .222 14th
Overall (6 seasons) 92 102 .474 41 63 .394
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