Danny Nee

Danny Nee (born June 18, 1945)

Teams coached: Ohio Bobcats, Nebraska Cornhuskers, Robert Morris Colonials, Duquesne Dukes, Merchant Marine Mariners
Ohio record: 107-67 (.615)
Nebraska record: 254-190 (.572)
Robert Morris record: 7-22 (.241)
Duquesne record: 41-103 (.285)
Merchant Marine record^: 52-51 (.505)
Overall record^: 461-433 (.517)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2010-2014 Merchant Marine
2009-2010 Towson (asst)
2008-2009 Rutgers (asst)
2001-2006 Duquesne
2000-2001 Robert Morris
1986-2000 Nebraska
1980-1986 Ohio
1976-1980 Notre Dame (asst)

Danny Nee Facts

  • Daniel Hugh Nee
  • Born June 18, 1945
  • Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
  • Alma Mater: St. Mary of the Plains College (BA, 1971) / Kansas State University (MS, 1972)
  • Brooklyn-native played at Power Memorial Academy alongside future HOFer Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar)
  • Started his collegiate career playing at Marquette for head coach Al McGuire, but dropped out after one year
    • Joined the US Marine Corps in 1967; served in the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged in 1968
  • Began coaching in 1972 at Red Bank Regional HS (NJ), following by a stint at Brick Township HS (NJ)
  • Hired as an assistant by Digger Phelps at Notre Dame in 1976, working with the Irish for four seasons
  • Became the head coach at Ohio in 1980, going 107-67 in six seasons there
    • Went to the NCAA Tournament twice and NIT once with the Bobcats and twice earned MAC COY honors
  • Left Ohio for Nebraska in 1986, coaching the Huskers for the next 14 seasons
    • Won 254 games (tied for most in program history), went to six NCAA Tournaments and five NITs (won the 1996 NIT title)
    • Fired in March 2000 following an 11-19 (4-12 Big 12) season
    • Later inducted into the Nebraska Athletic Hall of Fame
  • Spent one year at Robert Morris before becoming the head coach at Duquesne in 2001
    • Went just 41-103 in five seasons with the Dukes, resigning March 2006 following a 3-win campaign
  • Worked as a scout for the NBA’s Utah Jazz for two years, then spent one year each assisting Fred Hill at Rutgers and Pat Kennedy at Towson
  • Became head coach at Division III Merchant Marine in 2010, going 52-51 in four seasons but failing to reach the postseason
  • Got back into high school coaching in 2015, joining the staff at Gateway HS in Monroeville, PA as an assistant
    • Also served as the head coach of the AAU club Basketball Stars of America

Danny Nee Coaching Tree

  • Fran Fraschilla (New Mexico, St. John’s, Manhattan)
  • Billy Hahn (La Salle, Ohio)
  • Cleo Hill Jr. (Maryland Eastern Shore, Winston-Salem State, Shaw, Cheyney)
  • Dylan Howard (Alabama A&M, North Park, Hardin-Simmons)
  • Tyronn Lue (Los Angeles Clippers, Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • Jeff Reinert (Utah Valley)
  • Jai Steadman (Maine, UTRGV)


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at both the NCAA Division I and Division III levels