"Red" Manning dedicated 33 years to Duquesne hoops

4/29/2005 - Duquesne Dukes

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.