Danny Manning
Danny  Manning

Greensboro, N.C.

Head Coach

Alma Mater:
University of Kansas, 1991

2nd Season


Join Clawson, Manning and Hoover at the Coaches Luncheon on Oct. 22

Wake Forest will host the second Coaches Luncheon of the season on Thursday, October 22nd at noon in the Windsor Club at the LJVM Coliseum


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Danny Manning will be part of the coaching staff for the third annual USA Basketball Fantasy Camp in Las Vegas this summer


Postgame Quotes - Wake Forest 60, Virginia 61

Wake Forest falls at Virginia, 61-60


Wake Forest Statements on the Passing of Dean Smith

Wake Forest's Ron Wellman, Danny Manning and Randolph Childress comment on the passing of basketball legend Dean Smith


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Wake Forest falls at Georgia Tech, 73-59


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


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Danny Manning Introductory Press Conference


USATSI Gallery - NC State @ Wake Forest

USATSI Gallery - NC State @ Wake Forest


USATSI Gallery - Wake Forest @ Notre Dame

USATSI Gallery - Wake Forest @ Notre Dame


Wake Forest 85, Boston College 80

Photos from Wake Forest @ Boston College on January 31, 2017.


Syracuse 81, Wake Forest 76

The Demon Deacons fall to Syracuse, on January 24, 2017.


USATSI Gallery - Wake Forest @ NC State

USATSI Gallery - Wake Forest @ NC State

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One of the most accomplished players in the history of college basketball, Danny Manning enters his third season at the helm of the Wake Forest basketball program. With a resume that includes NCAA titles as a player and assistant coach, a conference title as a head coach and a 15-year playing career in the NBA after being the No. 1 pick in the draft, Manning's success is undeniable. It was why he was tasked to lead the Demon Deacon program in April, 2014.

"I am very happy to be a part of this program and I am looking forward to establishing our new foundation of Wake Forest basketball," said Manning during his introductory press conference. "Our foundation will be built on sacrifice for one another. I believe what's good for you is good for the team. It will be built upon hard work and sparing no effort. Those are the things that we will work hard to have each and every day when we come into the gym."

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 team went 11-20 during Manning's second season, highlighted by a third-place finish at the Maui Invitational.

Manning celebrates Tulsa winning the 2014 Conference USA championship.

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 second round 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.

Prior to taking the reins at Tulsa, Manning spent nine seasons on Bill Self's staff at the University of Kansas, Manning's alma mater. He spent the final five years as an assistant coach after serving as the Jayhawks' Director of Student-Athlete Development.

During the summer of 2014, Manning served as a court coach for the 2014 USA Basketball Men's U18 National Team training camp.

Manning's list of accomplishments is nothing short of remarkable. He was an All-American and national player of the year for Kansas (Watch Highlights on NCAA.com), leading the Jayhawks to the 1988 national title. Manning was drafted No. 1 overall by the Los Angeles Clippers in 1988 (Watch the video on NBA.com) and went on to enjoy a 15-year NBA career with seven different teams. Manning was a two-time NBA All-Star (1993, 1994) and was named the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year in 1998. Manning also won a bronze medal with the U.S. at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

"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 retired from professional basketball in 2003 and began his coaching career as a member of Self's first staff at Kansas. 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.

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.

"Danny Manning is one of the most accomplished, humble people you'll ever meet," said Self. "He's done more in his life through the athletic world than just about anybody, but you would never know it in visiting with him as he never ever talks about himself. His focus on deciding to be a basketball coach was to try to share some of his knowledge and make others better.

"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?"

Manning was hired as the head coach at Tulsa on March 29, 2012. In two seasons at Tulsa, Manning went 38-29 (.567) overall and 21-11 (.656) in Conference USA.

The Golden Hurricane went 21-13 overall and 13-3 in C-USA in 2013-14, earning a share of the 2013-14 regular season title, its first since winning the WAC in 2002. Tulsa won 14 of its final 17 games of the year to finish in a tie atop C-USA.

The Golden Hurricane then went on to capture the C-USA tournament title with a 69-60 win over Louisiana Tech, securing its first NCAA Tournament berth since 2003. Tulsa earned a No. 13 seed in the NCAA Tournament and fell 76-59 to No. 4 seed UCLA in the second round.

Manning was named the 2013-14 Conference USA Coach of the Year, becoming the first Tulsa coach to accomplish the feat since Bill Self in 2000.

In his first season at the helm of Tulsa, Manning led the Golden Hurricane to a 17-16 overall record and an 8-8 mark in Conference USA play, finishing fifth in the regular season standings. Tulsa advanced to the semifinals of the Conference USA Championship and played in the CBI postseason tournament.

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

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.

At 6-10 and one of the top big men to ever play college basketball, Manning naturally helped mentor the Jayhawks' post players, earning a reputation as one of the best coaches of big men in the country.

He coached 14 NBA draft picks, including nine 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.

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.

From 2003-07, Manning served as the Director of Student-Athlete Development/Team Manager at Kansas. In his role, Manning was the team travel coordinator, oversaw equipment ordering and distribution and organized and assisted in the youth holiday clinic and summer camp program.

Manning has twice appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated

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 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.

"He has a tough side, but he has this quality to calm kids down and make them listen and make them want to play for him," said SMU coach Larry Brown who coached Manning at Kansas. "That's a special gift. Plus, he's bright. He's the whole deal for me.

"He asked me if I thought he was ready to be a (head) coach," said Brown. "He was ready the first day I met him, when he was five years old."

"I'm blessed to have even met him," said Markieff Morris of the Phoenix Suns who played for Manning at Kansas in an interview with ESPN. "He's the best big-man coach in the country. Any time that whistle blows and you look over to that sideline, he's telling you what to do."

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 for Phoenix in 1998. During his playing days, Manning was a representative for the NBA Players Association.

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

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.

At different points during his amateur career, Manning had the opportunity to play under four legendary college basketball coaches. He played for Lute Olson at the 1984 USA R. William Jones Cup; for Larry Brown at Kansas; for Denny Crum at the 1987 Pan American Games; and for John Thompson at the 1988 Olympics.

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 (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, a student at KU, and son Evan, a member of the Kansas basketball team.

Quoting Manning:

On his excitement to be at Wake Forest...
"I am excited and I look forward to many, many bright days ahead. I understand it's a journey. I have been very fortunate and very blessed to have been around this game for a very long time. I think I have a few stories and things I can share with the young guys to help them along their journey. To me, as a coach, wins and losses are very important--but also making sure I help prepare these young people and the young men I come in contact with each and every day to be the best person they can be. At the end of the day my title is a coach, but I am a teacher and I want to teach life skills along with basketball skills and win games along the way and have a lot of young men graduate and move on to bigger and better things."

On the identity of the program...
"First and foremost, we're in the education business. We want to make great young men. This is a wonderful university. When you leave here, you will be prepared for life. That's something we're going to sell recruiting-wise. For basketball, the things that we're going to talk about and expect from our young men are things that they're going to have to adapt to in life. Our mission statement will be we want to be a physically and mentally tough team that pays strict attention to detail. We think next play and we're constantly in a state of becoming. That is going to be our culture. That runs along all the other great coaches that have been great here."

On relating to all kinds of players...
"I've been fortunate and blessed to be a starter, a role guy, a bench man, in the rotation, out of the rotation, injured, on the injured list. I've experienced all those roles. I may not know exactly how each individual feels but I've got a pretty good idea. I think that's also a help in adopting my philosophy as a head coach."

On expectations and work ethic...
"We have aspirations of being a championship team. We want to cut down nets. We're going to put forth the work to put ourselves in that situation. It's not going to be easy. But, I'm willing to roll up my sleeves, and let's go get it."

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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 51-48 (3 seasons)
(2nd 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
Overall (4 seasons) 62 68 .477 28 40 .412
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