May 28, 2008
Tucson, Ariz. - University of Arizona women's basketball head coach Niya Butts today announced the hiring of Brandy Manning as an assistant coach. Manning will serve as the program's recruiting coordinator.
Manning, 29, joins the Arizona coaching staff after spending the past season as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Central Florida.
"Brandy Manning is an absolutely awesome addition to our program," Butts said. "Brandy is one of the hardest workers I know, and his work ethic shows in everything he does from recruiting to coaching on the court. I know he will do a tremendous job in recruiting and he will be instrumental in our program's success in the future."
At UCF, Manning's recruiting class made up the nucleus of the 2007-08 UCF squad. His recruiting efforts inked Tia Lewis, the 2008 Conference USA Freshman of the Year, who finished this past season ranked fifth in the nation in rebounds per game. In addition to handling the team's recruiting efforts, Manning was also in charge of coaching the Knights' perimeter players.
"I am very thankful to receive this opportunity to coach at a great university like Arizona," Manning said. "I am looking forwarded to working with coach Butts and I am excited for what the future holds for this program. Arizona is an outstanding school across the board, and I can't wait to get it done and make things happen here."
Prior to his stint at UCF, Manning spent one year as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Murray State (Ky.). At Murray State, Manning was the team's recruiting coordinator and was responsible for the on-court development of the post players.
Murray State finished the 2006-07 season with a 21-10 record and earned a bid to the Women's National Invitation Tournament, marking just the second postseason appearance in the school's history.
Before joining the staff at Murray State, Manning was an assistant coach at Miller Grove High School in Lithonia, Ga. He helped the varsity team to a 21-10 record in just its second year of existence. The junior varsity squad, for which Manning served as head coach, went 14-3 under his direction.
Manning spent two years as a graduate assistant coach at the University of Louisville from 2003-05. During that time, the Cardinals posted a record of 42-19 and advanced to the 2005 Conference USA Championship game. Louisville earned a berth to the NCAA Tournament in 2005 after participating in the WNIT in 2004.
Manning, a native of Stockton, Calif., graduated from Clark Atlanta in 2002 with a degree in psychology. He also holds a master's degree in education from Louisville. He is married to the former Nakaya Primus.