Aug. 13, 2008
Baltimore, Md. - Loyola Greyhounds fifth-year head coach Jimmy Patsos today announced that 2008 Loyola graduate Greg Manning has joined the men's basketball coaching staff as an assistant coach. Manning replaces Brian Blaney who was named an assistant coach at Fairfield University last month.
"Greg was one of the first recruits we got when we took over the program four years ago so I'm glad to see him continue to be a part of what he has been helping us build the last four years," Patsos said in making the announcement. "His basketball knowledge was evident during his career here as he ran our scout teams and helped us prepare for each game. Those qualities are going to help him as he embarks on his career in the coaching profession."
Manning agreed to attend Loyola shortly after Patsos took over the reins as head coach in April 2004. He was a member of the team for four years and helped the Greyhounds to 58 wins during his career, the highest total since members of the Class of '87 registered 63 wins between 1983-87. He was graduated in May with a degree in Communications-Public Relations.
"I feel extremely privileged to be joining Jimmy Patsos and his staff here at Loyola College," Manning stated. "Having played here the last four years has given me an understanding of the dedication that it takes to build a program and I'm looking forward to being a part of that each and every day from the coaching side. Working under such an accomplished coach like Jimmy, who has been to the top winning a National Championship as an assistant at Maryland, is going to allow me to learn from someone who knows what it takes to be successful in this business."
A native of Alpharetta, Ga., Manning appeared in 92 games during his career, earning starts during his freshman and senior years. A three-point shooter, he knocked down 32 shots from beyond the arc and tallied 177 total points. He produced two of the highlights of the season during his senior campaign - scoring 10 points in 11 minutes at National Champion Kansas and coming off the bench cold at Siena to tie the game with a three-pointer with eight seconds remaining, finishing with five points in 14 seconds in the Greyhounds' overtime victory.
Patsos, Manning and the Greyhounds will open the 2008-09 season on November 14 when Loyola opens a celebratory weekend to recognize the 100th anniversary of men's basketball at Loyola with a game against traditional rival Mount St. Mary's at Reitz Arena.