"Red" Manning dedicated 33 years to Duquesne hoops

Updated: April 29, 2005, 12:30 PM ET
Associated Press

BETHEL PARK, Pa. -- John "Red" Manning, who coached Duquesne's basketball team for 16 seasons and spent 33 years at the school as a player, coach and athletic director, died at 76.

Manning died Wednesday at his home in Bethel Park, outside Pittsburgh, his family said. The school said he had cancer.

Manning coached Duquesne from 1958-74 and had a record of 247-138, with just two losing seasons. During that span, the Dukes made it to the NCAA Tournament twice and the NIT four times. In 1961-62, Duquesne went 22-7 and reached the NIT semifinals.

"He was a very good game coach who always had his teams prepared," said John Cinicola, an assistant under Manning from 1960-74. Cinicola later became Duquesne's head coach while Manning was athletic director.

"He believed in discipline. Red was a no-nonsense guy. It was his way, and the record proved it was the right way," Cinicola said.

Manning retired as athletic director in 1982.

He is survived by three sons, six grandchildren, two brothers and a sister.

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