Danny Manning Is Hired as Wake Forest Coach After Stint at Tulsa

Danny Manning has been hired as Wake Forest University’s basketball coach, 26 years after leading the Kansas Jayhawks to the national title as a player.

Manning, 47, spent the past two seasons at the University of Tulsa and was voted Conference USA’s Coach of the Year after leading the Golden Hurricane to the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament for the first time since 2003. He’s a finalist for two national coach of the year awards.

Before coming to Tulsa, Manning spent nine seasons on coach Bill Self’s staff at Kansas. Manning was the No. 1 pick in the 1988 National Basketball Association draft and was an All-Star twice over his 15-year playing career.

“Danny Manning has always been a great student of the game of basketball,” Wake Forest President Nathan Hatch said in a statement. “He is a great teacher of the game. I look forward to watching him mentor our players and build a championship basketball program at Wake Forest.”

Manning replaces Jeff Bzdelik, who stepped down last month after compiling a 51-76 record over four seasons at Wake Forest, including a 17-51 mark in Atlantic Coast Conference play. The Demon Deacons had 17-16 record this season.

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