Greg Manning (photo courtesy Loyola athletics)
April 19, 2013
The first player to sign with Jimmy Patsos at Loyola is now the first coach to follow him to Siena. Greg Manning (@G_Money_10) has been hired as Patsos' top assistant at Siena, effective immediately.
"Greg and I have known each other since his father was an assistant athletic director at Maryland," Patsos said. "He will be a Division I head coach one day. He's well-liked and respected, a relentless recruiter, and most important, he's great with the student athletes. He's super excited to be here."
Manning was an integral part of the revival of Loyola basketball, 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 coached an 11-player team of top college players against international competition in Belgium and Germany in the summer of 2012.
Manning will assist Patsos in all facets of the Siena program, and play a leadership role in recruiting and scouting. He's well-known throughout the fertile Beltway scholastic circles, an area that figures to be heavily targeted under Patsos.
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.