Wake Forest fired men’s basketball coach Danny Manning after six seasons on Saturday.
Athletic director John Currie made the decision to let Manning go despite a buyout that is believed to be $15 million. Manning was under contract to the school through 2025.
Manning’s Demon Deacons were 78-111 during his tenure. Wake Forest was 13-18 and tied for last in Atlantic Coast Conference play with a 6-14 record in the 2019-20 season.
“After a comprehensive review of the men’s basketball program, and with the support of President (Nathan) Hatch and University leadership, I have determined that it is time for a change in our head coaching position,” Currie said in a school-issued statement. “We thank Coach Manning, (wife) Julie and (son) 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.”
Evan Manning, who played basketball at Kansas, was on his father’s staff as the director of player development.
Danny Manning, 53, led Wake Forest to a winning season just once. The Demon Deacons were 19-14 (9-9 ACC) in 2016-17 and lost in the First Four of the NCAA Tournament. He spent two seasons coaching at Tulsa before joining Wake Forest and compiled a 38-29 record there, including one NCAA Tournament appearance.
“I am very thankful for having had the opportunity to lead the Wake Forest men’s basketball program,” Manning said. “I am very proud of the numerous student-athletes I had the pleasure of coaching, especially the student-athletes who earned their degrees. I am particularly thankful for all of the hard work my staff has put in through the years. I am so grateful to the Wake Forest community, who have made Winston-Salem a special home for my family and I from the second we stepped on campus in 2014. I wish the program nothing but success going forward.”
Associate head coach Randolph Childress will serve as the acting head coach. 247Sports reported Saturday that the school hired Chad Chatlos of Ventura Partners to lead the search for a new coach.
The candidates are expected to include UMBC coach Ryan Odom, whose father, Dave Odom, coached at Wake Forest from 1989-2001.
–Field Level Media