Cornell Mann is the new men’s basketball coach at Grand Valley State University.
Mann comes to Grand Valley State after spending five years (2017-21) as part of Cuonzo Martin’s coaching staff at the University of Missouri. In all, Mann has nearly two decades of coaching experience. He coached at Oakland (2016-17), Iowa State (2011-15), Dayton (2008-11), Western Michigan (2003-08) and Central Michigan (2001-03).
“I am thrilled to be part of the Grand Valley State Laker family,” Mann said in a press release. “I want to thank President Mantella, Athletic Director Keri Becker and Assistant Athletic Director Doug Lipinski for having the faith to see me as their next head coach.
“I look forward to starting to work with the young men in our program and building on the tradition already in place at GVSU. We have a lot to accomplish as we strive for another GLIAC championship. us at work.”
Mann, a native of Royal Oak Township, is the first black head coach in Laker athletics history. He replaced Ric Wesley, who resigned after the end of last season.
Mann brings NCAA tournament coaching experience at five different schools, including a four-straight NCAA spot streak at Iowa State. Additionally, Mann helped recruit and develop eight NBA rookies and coached six All-Americans. Mann recruited and coached South Christian’s David Kool, the all-time leading scorer in Mid-American Conference history.
“I would like to thank Drew Turner and Jenna McLaughlin of Collegiate Sports Associates for their work during this research,” Becker said. “Through their nationwide connections, extensive research, and smooth communications, they helped attract a pool from all parts of the country, which ultimately led to an incredible hire at Cornell Mann.
“We invited four excellent candidates to campus, all of whom brought exceptional coaching experience and different strengths. Cornell distinguished itself in two ways. First, when he walks into a room, he connects instantly. He will build lasting relationships with our student-athletes, work well with our staff, and engage the campus and community while building the energy around our men’s basketball team. Second, his recruiting relationships in Michigan and surrounding areas were unparalleled. These connections will give us the best chance to bring this talent to Grand Valley State.
Mann earned a family development degree at Akron in 1995, playing his final three seasons of eligibility for the Zips after beginning his college career in Colorado. He then earned his master’s degree at Iowa State in 2014. Mann has two children, a daughter, Cyncere, and a son, Maliq, and is engaged to his fiancée Justina Phillips.