Wake Wildfire Danny Manning
Wake Forest has fired men’s basketball head coach Danny Manning.
Manning, 53, is owed more than $15 million as part of his takeover. The No. 1 pick in the 1988 NBA Draft from Kansas, Manning has a career coaching record of 78-111 (.413), including a 13-18 mark last season. In six seasons at Wake, he never finished above 10th place in the ACC.
He becomes the first high-level coach to be fired this offseason after the coronavirus pandemic appeared to shut down the coaching carousel.
“After a comprehensive review of the men’s basketball program and with the support of President Hatch and University management, I have determined that it is time to change our position as head coach,” AD John Currie said in a press release. “We thank Coach Manning, Julie and Evan for their service to Wake Forest and for their commitment to our student-athletes and the Winston-Salem community over the past six years.”
Says Manning, “I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to lead Wake Forest’s men’s basketball program. I am very proud of the many student-athletes I have had the pleasure of coaching, especially the student-athletes who have graduated. I am especially grateful for all the hard work my staff has put in over the years. I am so grateful to the community of Wake Forest, who have made Winston-Salem a special home for my family and me from the second we entered campus in 2014. I wish the program only success for the coming.
The school announced that Randolph Childress would be the interim head coach.
“We appreciate Coach Childress’s willingness to take on the responsibility of guiding our student-athletes through the interim period,” Currie said. “We will immediately begin a national search for our next head coach.”
Chaundee Brown, a 6-foot-5 junior guard, announced on April 15 that he was enrolling his name in the NBA draft and NCAA transfer portal.
Brown was Wake Forest’s third-leading scorer last season with 12.1 points per game and its second-leading rebounder with 6.5 boards per game. He missed eight games with injury but had 24 points and nine rebounds in a double-overtime win over top-ranked Duke in late February.
Former Michigan coach John Beilein has been linked to Wake Forest for about two months nowwhile Wes Miller of UNC-Greensboro, Steve Forbes of ETSU, Pat Kelsey of Winthrop, UMBC’s Ryan Odom and College of Charleston’s Earl Grant are potential names to watch to replace Manning, according to 247Sports.
The news has already been reported by several media, including 247Sports.com.
This post was updated at 12:18 p.m. with comments from Wake Forest.