COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland men’s head basketball coach Mark Turgeon announced the addition of Greg Manning Jr. as the team’s video coordinator today.
“We are excited to welcome Greg to our program,” said Turgeon. “His work ethic and unique ability to connect and work well with student-athletes are qualities that Greg has exhibited throughout his career. He has a special connection to College Park as his dad, Greg Manning Sr., played for Lefty Driesell and graduated from the University of Maryland. Greg will also make an immediate impact as his understanding, knowledge and appreciation of the rich tradition of Maryland Basketball makes him a great addition to our staff.”
Manning comes to Maryland after recently serving as an assistant coach under Jimmy Patsos at Siena since 2013. Manning helped guide the Saints to the program's first MAAC Championship Game appearance in seven years during the 2016-17 campaign. Siena won 13 of its final 19 contests to amass a 17-17 overall record and finish tied for third in the MAAC with a 12-8 league mark.
Manning played a key role in the development of four 1,000-point scorers in Brett Bisping, Lavon Long, Javion Ogunyemi, and Marquis Wright. Siena’s decorated senior class, which also included walk-on Jimmy Merrill, combined to finish with 5,787 career points, and the Saints were one of just two Division I programs along with National Champion North Carolina to feature four 1,000-point scorers on their 2016-17 roster.
In 2015-16, Manning helped guide Siena to a 21-13 overall record and third place finish in the conference with a 13-7 league mark as Siena advanced to the MAAC Semifinals. The 21 wins marked the program's most in six years as the Saints posted a 10-win improvement from the previous season, which was tied for the 12th best nationally, and earned the program's second College Basketball Invitational appearance in three years.
In his first season, Manning helped Patsos orchestrate a 12-win improvement which was tied for the second best in all of Division I. Siena won 20 games and earned a berth to the College Basketball Invitational, which the Saints captured by taking the best-of-three series against Fresno State to earn the program's first Division I national postseason tournament championship.
Manning was an integral part of the revival of Loyola basketball under Patsos, a process that began during his playing career from 2004-08. The Greyhounds went 52-40 in Manning's last three years in the Green and Grey after posting just seven victories in the previous two seasons combined.
As a member of the coaching staff, Manning helped complete the transformation. After working as a graduate assistant in 2008-09, he was promoted twice by Patsos and the program took off. The Greyhounds went 47-21 the last two seasons, reaching the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 18 years in 2012, and advancing to the quarterfinals of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament in 2013.
Manning’s Maryland connections run deep, as his father Greg Sr. played four seasons under Lefty Driesell from 1977-81. Manning Sr. remains one of the most prolific shooters in Maryland history, ranking third in career field goal percentage (.583) and second in career free throw percentage (.858). The elder Manning also spent 15 seasons as an analyst for the Maryland Sports Radio Network.
Manning coached an 11-player team of top college players against international competition in Belgium and Germany in the summer of 2012. In the summer of 2014 he again took a team of college all stars that included Siena's Lavon Long and Javion Ogunyemi on a European tour of Belgium, England and France, and in the summer of 2015 he brought a team that included Maryland forward Ivan Bender and Marquis Wright to Croatia.
A native of Alpharetta, Ga., Manning graduated with a bachelor's degree in communications/public relations from Loyola in 2008. He spent the summer following graduation attending camps across the country, including the Eastern Invitational in New Jersey and the camps at the University of Maryland and West Virginia University, before joining the Greyhounds' staff full-time.