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Greg Manning Named Lead Assistant At Siena

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Greg Manning was officially announced today as the first addition to new head coach Jimmy Patsos’ staff and will serve as the top assistant coach at Siena. Manning is quite familiar with Patsos having served on his staff at Loyola for the past 5 years, first as a graduate assistant and then as assistant coach for the last four seasons.  

 “Greg and I have known each other since his father was an assistant athletic director at Maryland,” said Patsos. “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 also played for Loyola from 2004-2008 and was the first recruit signed by Patsos when he took over a Loyola team that had fallen to the bottom of Division I. Manning was part of a team which helped revive Loyola basketball to a winning program and whose mission will be to do the same for the Saints. He appeared in 92 games during his career starting on occasion his freshman and senior seasons. Career highlights include a 10 point performance against National Champion Kansas, and a moment Saints fans would like to forget when he entered a game off the bench cold to hit a game-tying three-pointer with eight seconds remaining in regulation vs. Siena to send the game into overtime where Loyola would beat the Saints.

 Manning is known as a tireless recruiter who helped secure several key recruits for Loyola in the Baltimore-D.C. area where he is well known. With Manning’s assistance, the Greyhounds went 47-21 over the last two seasons, appearing in the NCAA Tournament last season for the first time in 18 years and advancing to the quarterfinals of the CIT this season. As the top assistant he will play a lead role in recruiting and scouting and assist in all aspects of the program for Patsos.

Manning hails from Alpharetta, Ga. and 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.

Manning is the son of Greg Manning Sr., a familiar name in the Baltimore area, having played four seasons (1977-81) at the University of Maryland under coach Lefty Driesell. He scored 1,561 points (13.2 average) and set school season (90.8) and career (85.8) records for free-throw percentage. Manning Sr. served as the Terps basketball analyst for 15 years before moving on to serve as athletic director at Georgia State University.

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