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– University of Akron women's basketball head coach Melissa Jackson
announced the hiring of Kevin McManaman
as an assistant coach on Tuesday, pending the approval of the University's Board of Trustees.
McManaman joins the Zips' coaching staff after a two-year stint with the Cleveland State Vikings.
"For my final assistant spot, it was really important to find the right fit for our program. I took my time and feel as though I found a great fit for our staff and players in Kevin. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge," said Jackson. "Kevin has coached for over 20 years spending some time in the Mid-American Conference at NIU. He is very familiar with our league and the high level of basketball we will see each night. Our players are going to really benefit from his energy and passion for the game of basketball."
In his time with the Vikings, McManaman was responsible for game scouts, assisted in all recruiting aspects, was the director of the CSU youth camps, and worked one-on-one with the guards. In just two short seasons, McManaman and the CSU staff coached the Vikings to the third-best record (19-11) and most non-conference wins (9) in program history. Individually, mentored, Khayla Livingston a two-time All-Horizon League selections, two players who led the Horizon League in scoring and three-point shooting, one All-Freshman team honoree, and one All-Defensive squad selection.
Prior to Cleveland State, McManaman served as a national evaluator for Blue Star Recruiting and was an assistant coach for the girl's junior varsity and varsity basketball teams at Lyons Township High School.
McManaman is no stranger to the MAC as he brings with him a wealth of collegiate coaching experience after he spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Northern Illinois. During his tenure with the Huskies, McManaman helped coach a first-team All-MAC honoree in Amanda Corral, while Kelly Smith garnered All-Freshman team accolades under his guidance.
Before NIU, McManaman spent two years on the Milwaukee coaching staff, serving as an assistant coach and co-recruiting coordinator. In his two-year stint with the Panthers, McManaman had three players earn All-Newcomer Team honors, including Angela Rodriguez who was named the 2010-11 Horizon League Newcomer of the Year. Along with his recruiting responsibilities, McManaman also assisted with on-floor coaching and post player skill development – where he mentored Lindsay Laur to First Team All-League accolades.
The longest-tenured position of McManaman's career came at the University of Illinois-Chicago where he was an integral part of the Flames' ascension to the top of the Horizon League. In McManaman's nine seasons as an assistant coach at UIC, the Flames played in the WNIT during the 2006-07 season for the first time in program history. Under McManaman's guidance, 13 players earned All-Horizon League honors at UIC, while five student-athletes were named to the All-Newcomer team during his time.
McManaman got his start at the Division I level during the 2000-01 season when he was hired on as an assistant coach at Marquette.
McManaman's first collegiate coaching opportunity came at St. Mary's University of Minnesota, where he was an assistant women's basketball coach and assistant softball coach. During his three-year tenure with the Cardinal softball team, McManaman was an integral part of the 2000 Division III National Championship softball team.
A native of LaGrange, Ill., McManaman earned his bachelor's degree in communications from St. Mary's University of Minnesota in 1992 and earned his master's in sports administration from UW-La Crosse in 1999.