Coaches Corner With Brandy Manning

June 23, 2009

How did you end up at Arizona? The opportunity to get back to the West Coast, work with someone I respected, and to represent a dynamic institution were all factors that led me to Arizona.

How did you meet Coach Butts and what was it about her that made you want to work with her? I’ve known Coach Butts for some time, dating back to when she was at Kentucky and I was at Louisville. We really got to know each other through seeing each other on the road recruiting and through coaching circles. Niya’s genuine spirit, personality, and passion for coaching are just a few things that influenced me to work with her. She’s truly a first class person and one of the profession’s rising stars.

What is the best part about being a recruiting coordinator? It would have to be the organizational aspect coordinating/facilitating recruiting, evaluating future Wildcats, and establishing relationships with prospects and their families.

What coaches have you learned the most from over the years and who do you model your coaching style after? I’ve tried to learn something from everyone I’ve ever worked under or with. In regards to modeling my coaching style after someone, I would prefer to establish my own style by implementing different coaching philosophies that I’ve gathered from those I respect and admire and adding my own twist to them.

If you could share one thing about Arizona Basketball with recruits or even just the casual fan, what would it be? That the people and the environment is what makes this place worth while. Arizona Women’s Basketball will be back on the map sooner than you think.

Who is the player or players, past or present, that you enjoy or have enjoyed watching play the most? That’s a tough question. I would have to say Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and Candace Parker. The thing that I admire most about those players, aside from them being winners, is their indescribable passion to be the best at what they do.

If you could invite any four people to dinner, who would they be and what would be your ideal meal to serve them? Martin Luther King, John Wooden, Barack Obama, and Muhammad Ali. The meal for the evening would probably be my Barbeque.

Where is your perfect vacation destination? The perfect vacation would be with my family on the beach in Rio De Janeiro.

It’s a Friday night and you have no basketball work that needs completed…what do you do with your evening? Spend the evening with my beautiful wife and son.

If you weren’t a basketball coach, but could have any other occupation, what would it be? It would have to be as the GM (General Manager) for an NBA organization either the Lakers or Knicks.

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