Danny Manning

Danny Manning (born May 17, 1966)

Current position: Assistant men’s basketball coach
Current team: Colorado Buffaloes (Head coach: Tad Boyle)
Current conference: Big 12 Conference
Teams coached: Tulsa Golden Hurricane, Wake Forest Demon Deacons, Maryland Terrapins
Tulsa record: 38-29 (.567)
Wake Forest record: 78-111 (.413)
Maryland record: 10-14 (.417)
Overall record: 126-154 (.450)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2024-present Colorado (asst)
2022-2024 Louisville (assoc. HC)
2021-2022 Maryland (interim HC)
2021 Maryland (asst)
2014-2020 Wake Forest
2012-2014 Tulsa
2006-2012 Kansas (asst)
2003-2006 Kansas (mgr)

Danny Manning Facts

  • Daniel Ricardo Manning
  • Born May 17, 1966
  • Hometown: Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • Alma Mater: University of Kansas (BA, 1991)
  • Played at Kansas for head coach Larry Brown, leading the Jayhawks to the NCAA National Championship in 1988
  • Drafted first overall in the 1988 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers, where he played for 5+ seasons
    • Won a bronze model with Team USA at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea
    • Played for six NBA franchises over the course of a 15-year career, scoring 12,367 points, dishing 2,063 assists and grabbing 1,000 steals
    • NBA head coaches Manning played for include Gene Shue, Don Casey, Mike Schuler, Larry Brown, Bob Weiss, Lenny Wilkens, Paul Westphal, Cotton Fitzsimmons, Danny Ainge, George Karl, Jerry Sloan, Don Nelson and Rick Carlisle
  • First coaching positions were as a team manager (2003-06) and assistant (2006-12) at Kansas under Bill Self
  • Spent two years as head coach at Tulsa; won the C-USA regular season and C-USA Tournament titles to earn an NCAA Tournament bid in 2014
  • Hired in April 2014 to be the head coach at Wake Forest, leading the Deacs to the 2017 NCAA Tournament in year three
    • Outside of the 2016-17 season, Manning’s teams have finished below .500 every year during his tenure
    • Manning was fired in April 2020 after six seasons at the helm, during which time he went 78-111
  • In 2021, he joined the coaching staff of former KU teammate Mark Turgeon at Maryland
  • Spent two seasons on Kenny Payne‘s staff at Louisville as an associate head coach
  • Joined Tad Boyle at Colorado as an assistant coach in May 2024

Danny Manning Coaching Tree

  • Brett Ballard (Washburn)
  • Will Martin (Missouri Western)