Greg Manning Jr., a former then-Loyola College men’s basketball guard and the son of former Maryland standout Greg Manning, has joined Terps coach Mark Turgeon’s staff as its video coordinator, a team spokesman confirmed Monday night.
The hiring of Manning, who most recently served as Siena’s lead assistant coach under Jimmy Patsos, will be announced Tuesday morning. Manning was not retained by former Mount St. Mary’s and new Saints coach Jamion Christian after Patsos, the former Maryland assistant and Loyola coach, resigned from the post in April amid allegations of verbal abuse.
“We are excited to welcome Greg to our program,” Turgeon said in a release. “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.”
The elder Manning was a four-year starter at guard for former Terps coach Lefty Driesell from 1977 to 1981, finishing his career with 1,561 points (17th most in program history) and two NCAA tournament appearances alongside such program greats as Albert King, Ernest Graham and Buck Williams. Manning, who still holds the single-season school record for free-throw percentage (.908), ranks second at Maryland in career free-throw percentage (.858) and single-season field-goal percentage (.643) and third in career field-goal percentage (.583).
The younger Manning grew up in Ellicott City but moved to Atlanta when his father, who served for 13 years as an analyst with Johnny Holliday on the Terps’ radio broadcasts, accepted a job as Georgia State’s athletic director. Greg Manning Jr. returned home in 2004 to play for Patsos at Loyola, where he averaged 7.9 minutes and 1.9 points per game over four years. He joined the program as a graduate assistant after graduation and quickly climbed the ranks under Patsos.
Manning replaces Mark Bialkoski, who was promoted to director of basketball operations after Nima Omidvar left the post to become an assistant coach at South Alabama. As video coordinator, a nonrecruiting position, Manning will be tasked with compiling and breaking down film for staff and players.