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Danny Manning joins Louisville coaching staff

Danny Manning, who has served as a collegiate head or assistant coach for 15 years and is one of the premier players in college basketball history, has joined the University of Louisville men's basketball staff as associate head coach under the Cardinals' first-year head coach Kenny Payne.Manning02
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Danny Manning has joined new Louisville head coach Kenny Payne’s staff as an associate head coach.

Manning, 55, returns to the Atlantic Coast Conference where he was the head coach at Wake Forest for six seasons from 2014-20.

The former NBA All-Star and college basketball Hall of Famer was the interim coach last season at Maryland, and was the head coach at Tulsa for two seasons (2012-14).

“Very rarely do you have an opportunity to hire a coach that encompasses all the experiences that a college basketball player goes through,” Payne said in a news release Friday. “I’m so excited and thrilled to bring a family member, a friend and a coach who has lived a special life as both a player and a coach within the culture I’m trying to establish. Danny Manning is that and much more.”

Payne was hired last month to replace interim coach Mike Pegues, who took over in January after Louisville parted ways with head coach Chris Mack. The Cardinals finished 13-19, their first losing record since 2000-01.

“KP is someone that I have always admired for his work ethic, knowledge of the game, and passion for helping young men reach their dreams and doing things the right way,” Manning said. “I am blessed that he has given me this chance to continue working with young men, impacting their lives on and off the court, and helping them reach their dreams.”

Manning compiled a 126-154 record as a head coach, leading Tulsa (2014) and Wake Forest (2017) to the NCAA Tournament.

Manning was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1988 NBA Draft after leading Kansas to the 1988 NCAA Tournament title. He played 15 seasons in the NBA with seven teams, averaging 14.0 points and 5.2 rebounds in 883 games. He was an All-Star in 1992-93 and 1993-94 and was the NBA Sixth Man of the Year in 1997-98.

–Field Level Media