Danny Manning named TU's new head basketball coach

TULSA - The University of Tulsa announced Thursday that University of Kansas Assistant Coach Danny Manning is the new head basketball coach for the Golden Hurricane.

"We are extremely excited to have Danny join the University of Tulsa as our new head basketball coach," said Ross Parmley, director of athletics. "He epitomizes everything our university stands for.  His impact on young people will extend far beyond the TU basketball program and reach well into our campus and community."

Manning, 46, is currently coaching with the NCAA Final Four-bound Kansas Jayhawks. KU plays Ohio State in one semifinal game Saturday. Kentucky and Louisville meet in the other semifinal. The NCAA Championship is Monday.

"I'm excited and looking forward to being the head basketball coach at the University of Tulsa. I want to thank President Upham, Ross ( Parmley) and the search committee for allowing me this tremendous opportunity to coach at a University with a fine basketball tradition," Manning said. "I'd also like to thank Coach (Bill) Self for giving me the chance to be a part of his staff for the past nine years. I have learned a tremendous amount about the game and the profession from him and all of the members of his staff."

An official press conference announcing his transfer will take place next week after the championship game.

"(Manning's) 15 years in the NBA combined with the last nine years under one of the best coaches in the country, have helped mold him into a great teacher and coach of basketball," Parmley said. "He most definitely brings the excitement, the style of basketball, and character that we were looking for in our head coach."

Manning is in his ninth season on the KU men's basketball staff. During his tenure, he has been a part of one NCAA national title, five NCAA Elite Eight appearance, eight Big 12 regular season conference titles, five Big 12 tournament championships and 268 career victories.

"The University of Tulsa has not only hired a great person and a great ambassador, but also a man that will lead Tulsa to great heights athletically and be competing for championships in a very short amount of time," said Bill Self, Kansas head basketball coach and former head coach at Tulsa from 1997 to 2000.

A Jayhawk legend, Manning is Kansas' all-time leading scorer and rebounder, racking up 2,951 points and 1,187 boards in his illustrious four-year career. Manning, the eighth all-time leading scorer in NCAA history, 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 and 1988).

Manning was named the 1988 NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player en route to leading the Jayhawks 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. The 1986 KU squad finished 35-4 and advanced to the Final Four in Dallas.

The No. 1 overall pick in the 1988 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers, Manning played for seven different professional teams -- the Clippers, Hawks, Suns, Bucks, Jazz, Mavericks and Pistons. He boasts averages of 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 and 1994), and won the league's Sixth Man Award in 1998. During his playing days, Manning was a representative for the NBA Players Association.

In 2005, Manning became part of a 20-person committee to help select the U.S. Olympic basketball team and its coaches. Additionally, Manning has been an ambassador for the Governor's Council on Fitness for the state of Kansas and a guest lecturer with university classes and other KU athletic teams.

Manning was inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Nov. 23, 2008.

In addition to his College Basketball Hall of Fame enshrinement, in June 2008 Manning was named to the Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame for his early high school career at Page High School in North Carolina. He is also a member of the Lawrence ( Kan.) High School Hall of Fame.

Manning earned his degree in Communication from Kansas in 1988. He and his wife, Julie, have two children -- daughter, Taylor, a sophomore at KU on the volleyball team, and son, Evan.

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