Danny Manning will coach the University of Tulsa men’s basketball team, leaving his job as an assistant at the University of Kansas, where he was the all-time leading scorer and rebounder.
It’s his first job in charge of a college program.
Manning, 46, agreed to become the 29th head coach in Tulsa history, Athletic Director Ross Parmley said today on the department’s website. He will remain with the Jayhawks for their appearance in the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament’s Final Four and join the Golden Hurricane in Oklahoma next week.
Manning spent the last nine seasons on the Kansas staff, helping the Jayhawks to five Big 12 tournament titles and an NCAA championship in 2008, according to the website. As a player from 1984 to 1988, Manning scored 2,951 points and grabbed 1,187 rebounds and helped the Jayhawks win the national championship in his final year.
He takes over for Doug Wojcik, who was fired this month after seven seasons at Tulsa. Since 2005, the Golden Hurricane men’s basketball program has seen a 35 percent decrease in season-ticket sales and a 43 percent decline in revenue, Parmley said at the time of Wojcik’s dismissal.
Wojcik had a 140-92 record at Tulsa, the most wins in the school’s history, and finished with a 17-14 record this season.
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