LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Kyle Manary has been named the new head men's basketball coach for Angelina College.
Manary is familiar with East Texas as a Livingston High School graduate and Stephen F. Austin State University alumni.
The new AC head coach has worked with more than 100 different NBA players including Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Amarie Stoudemire, Paul Pierce and others. He was responsible for NBA player development with John Lucas Resources.
"Having worked with more than 100 different NBA players, including Chris Paul and Steph Curry, has taught me how to focus on making each player better, which in turn will make the team better," Manary said.
Manary worked in basketball operations with the Dallas Mavericks and has spent the past 10 years conducting skills academies for Nike/Jordan Basketball. Manary was the head coach of the Nike World Basketball Game during the Barcelona Olympics. He was the director of the Jordan Brand International Tour and the head coach of the Jordan Brand Classic International team.
At the college level, Manary was an assistant at Frank Phillips College and an assistant at St. Mary's College of California. While at SFA, Manary was a student assistant under Ned Fowler and third assistant under Derek Allister.
"I've been fortunate enough to coach at every level, from high school, junior college, Division I, and the NBA. I've been able to see what players need to succeed at each level, and I've learned how to instill that in them," said Manary.
Manary was the head coach at Episcopal High School in Bellaire, Texas where he went 34-0 and was undefeated in the South Zone. His team finished third in the state. Six of his players signed to play collegiately at the Division I level.
Manary was the head coach of the Houston Hoops 17-U EYBL AAU team that won 40-plus games. They lost in the Elite Eight of the Peach Jam, the Nike National Finals.
"We want to play an exciting style that our community will be proud to see and support," said Manary.
Manary comes to Lufkin with his wife Heather who played Division I softball at Southeastern Louisiana. They have three children starting with Avery (5), Ava (3), Kade (18 months.)