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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Danny Manning has been named the head coach at Wake Forest University, Athletics Director Ron Wellman announced on Friday.

Manning told Athletics Director Ron Wellman of Wake Forest early Friday morning that he will leave Tulsa to lead Wake Forest’s basketball program.

Manning comes to Wake Forest after spending two seasons as the head coach at the University of Tulsa. He was named the 2013-14 Conference USA Coach of the Year after leading the Golden Hurricane to the conference championship and a berth in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, Tulsa’s first appearance since 2003.

Manning succeeds Jeff Bzdelik, who resigned on March 20 after four seasons, and will be Wake Forest’s third basketball coach since Skip Prosser’s untimely death in July, 2007.

“We are very pleased to welcome Danny Manning to Wake Forest,” said Wellman.  “There have been very few players who have had as much success on the court as Danny.  He has played for and worked under a number of legendary coaches and he has been successful in his coaching career.  We fully expect that Danny’s coaching career will reflect the excellence of his playing career.”

Manning visited Winston-Salem on Wednesday and met with Wake Forest officials to discuss the offer to be head basketball coach. He traveled Thursday to North Texas, site of the Final Four, and met with Wellman there for a late-night, early-morning discussion that resulted in him accepting the position.

Manning was 38-29 in two seasons as head coach at Tulsa. The Golden Hurricane overcame a stumbling start this past season to win 11 straight games, beat Louisiana Tech for the Conference USA Championship and earn the school’s first berth in the NCAA Tournament since 2003.

Tulsa lost to UCLA in the first game of the NCAA Tournament to finish 21-13 and 13-3 in conference play.

Manning was named a finalist for the Jim Phelan Award for Division-I coach of the year and the Ben Jobe Award for Division-I minority coach of the year.


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