A native of Rantoul, Ill., Mike Mennenga returns to his home state for his first season as an assistant coach under fellow Land of Lincoln native Howard Moore.
Mennenga has honed his craft all over the country with stops in Rhode Island, New York and Iowa. During the 2009-10 season, he served under head coach Keno Davis as the Director of Player Development at Providence College. He worked to develop and coordinate underclassmen recruiting efforts and organize all campus visits. Mennenga was also in charge of video breakdown of student-athlete's individual practice and game performances.
Before working with Coach Davis, Mennenga was the head basketball coach at Nichols Prep School in Buffalo, N.Y. from 2007-09. At Nichols, he led the Vikings to an amazing mark of 48-6 and back-to-back New York State-Monsignor Martin Championships.
Prior to heading back east, Mennenga was an assistant coach at Iowa State University during the 2005-06 season. During his tenure, the Cyclones posted their highest team GPA in five years and had four student-athletes honored as Big XII Academic All-Americans.
From 2000-2005 Mennenga filled many roles at the University of Buffalo including assistant basketball coach, recruiting coordinator and NCAA compliance officer.During the 2004-05 campaign, the Bulls won a school-record 24 games and earned their first postseason berth with an NIT appearance. His recruiting classes from 2003-05 were each ranked first in the Mid-American Conference by Rivals.com.
The Illinois native began his Divison I career as an assistant at the University of Maine from 1996-2000. The Black Bears set school records in wins, attendance and All-Conference selections during Mennenga's tenure.
In addition to his work as coach, Mennenga worked as a scout and basketball analyst for ESPN Scouts, Inc.
Mennenga earned his associate's degree from Vincennes University in 1990 and his bachelor's degree in finance from Morehead State University in 1993, where he was a member of the basketball team.
Mennenga and his wife, Shanetta, have two daughters, Cheyenne and Nyla.