Danny Nee

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Danny Nee
Sport(s) Basketball
Biographical details
Born (1945-06-18) June 18, 1945 (age 71)
Brooklyn, New York
Alma mater St. Mary of the Plains, B.A. (1971)
Kansas State, M.A. (1972)
Playing career
1964-1965 Marquette
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1972-1973 Red Bank Regional HS
1973–1976 Brick Township HS
1976–1980 Notre Dame (asst.)
1980–1986 Ohio
1986–2000 Nebraska
2000–2001 Robert Morris
2001–2006 Duquesne
2009–2010 Towson (asst.)
2010–2014 Merchant Marine Academy
2015–Present Gateway HS (PA) (asst.)
Head coaching record
Overall 461–433 (.516)
Tournaments 1–7 (NCAA)
12–5 (NIT)
13–12 (Total)
Accomplishments and honors
MAC Tournament championship (1983, 1985)
Big Eight Tournament championship (1994)
NIT championship (1996)
University of Nebraska Hall of Fame
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Danny Nee (born June 18, 1945) is an American former college basketball coach and was most recently the head men's basketball coach at the United States Merchant Marine Academy.

Early life[edit]

Nee played high school basketball at Power Memorial Academy alongside future NBA Hall of Fame player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and was recruited to play at Marquette by Al McGuire.[1] However, Nee struggled in school and eventually dropped out, eventually enlisting in the United States Marine Corps, serving in combat in the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged in 1968 and returned to life in the States, eventually earing a BA in English and Physical Education from St. Mary of the Plains College in 1971 and an MA in Health, Phys. Ed. and Recreation from Kansas State University in 1972. After earning his degrees, Nee coached high school basketball in New Jersey for several years before being recruited as an assistant at Notre Dame by Digger Phelps, where he would coach until hired by Ohio to his first collegiate head coaching appointment.[2][3]

Ohio University[edit]

Nee served as head coach of the Ohio Bobcats men's basketball team for seven years (1980–1986), where he helped rebuild the program which had suffered through several losing seasons, and led the team to two MAC Tournament titles (1983 and 1985), two NCAA Tournament appearances (1983 and 1985), and one National Invitation Tournament appearance (1986).

University of Nebraska[edit]

Following Nee's tenure at Ohio, he became the coach of the Nebraska Cornhuskers from 1986 to 2000. Nee took a historically lackluster Husker program to the next level, leading Nebraska to five NCAA Tournament appearances from 1991–1994 and in 1998. They won the Big Eight Tournament Championship in 1994. His 1996 squad won the NIT Championship. Nee was fired in 2000 by then athletic director Bill Byrne. Nee has since been inducted into the Hall of Fame at the University of Nebraska and still holds the record for most wins in school history.

After Nebraska[edit]

After Nebraska, Nee went to Robert Morris University for the 2000-2001 season. In the spring of 2001, he was named head coach of Duquesne University's Duquesne Dukes. Nee officially resigned as head coach after the season's final game on March 4, 2006.

Nee spent the next two years as a scout for the NBA's Utah Jazz. In September 2008, Nee joined Fred Hill's staff at Rutgers University as Director of Player Development.[4]

In July 2009, Towson University hired Nee as an assistant coach on Pat Kennedy's staff.[5]

United States Merchant Marine Academy[edit]

On October 4, 2010, Nee was named head men's basketball coach at the United States Merchant Marine Academy.[6] The Mariners compiled a 52-51 overall record, 28-28 in the Landmark Conference, in Nee's four seasons at the Academy. Nee resigned in April 2014.[7] His resignation near the end of the season followed 'unspecified incident' involving the well-being of students, where he was forced out by the school's athletic administration.[8]

Following his resignation, Nee joined the staff at Gateway High School (Pennsylvania) as an assistant coach.[9]

Head coaching record[edit]

Nebraska was awarded a forfeit victory over Texas Tech during the 1996–97 season. Nebraska originally lost that game 74–87. This game is not reflected in the totals below.[10] Duquesne was awarded a forfeit victory over St. Bonaventure during the 2002–03 season. Duquesne originally lost that game 78–86. This game is not reflected in the totals below.[11]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Ohio Bobcats (Mid-American Conference[12]) (1980–1986)
1980–81 Ohio 7–20 6–10 T–7th
1981–82 Ohio 13–14 8–8 T–4th
1982–83 Ohio 23–9 12–6 2nd NCAA Round of 32
1983–84 Ohio 20–8 14–4 2nd
1984–85 Ohio 22–8 14–4 1st NCAA Round of 64
1985–86 Ohio 22–8 14–4 2nd NIT First Round
Ohio: 107–67 (.615) 68–36 (.654)
Nebraska Cornhuskers (Big Eight Conference[13]) (1986–1996)
1986–87 Nebraska 21–12 7–7 5th NIT Third Place
1987–88 Nebraska 13–18 4–10 T–6th
1988–89 Nebraska 17–16 4–10 7th
1989–90 Nebraska 10–18 3–11 7th
1990–91 Nebraska 26–8 9–5 3rd NCAA Round of 64
1991–92 Nebraska 19–10 7–7 5th NCAA Round of 64
1992–93 Nebraska 20–11 8–6 T–2nd NCAA Round of 64
1993–94 Nebraska 20–10 7–7 4th NCAA Round of 64
1994–95 Nebraska 18–14 4–10 7th NIT Second Round
1995–96 Nebraska 21–14 4–10 7th NIT Champions
Nebraska Cornhuskers (Big 12 Conference[14]) (1996–2000)
1996–97 Nebraska 18–15 7–9 T–7th NIT Quarterfinals
1997–98 Nebraska 20–12 10–6 4th NCAA Round of 64
1998–99 Nebraska 20–13 10–6 T–5th NIT Second Round
1999–00 Nebraska 11–19 4–12 T–8th
Nebraska: 254–190 (.572) 88–116 (.431)
Robert Morris Colonials (Northeast Conference[15]) (2000–2001)
2000–01 Robert Morris 7–22 7–13 T–9th
Robert Morris: 7–22 (.241) 7–13 (.350)
Duquesne Dukes (Atlantic 10 Conference[11]) (2001–2006)
2001–02 Duquesne 9–19 4–12 6th (West)
2002–03 Duquesne 9–21 3–13 6th (West)
2003–04 Duquesne 12–17 6–10 5th (West)
2004–05 Duquesne 8–22 5–11 T–5th (West)
2005–06 Duquesne 3–24 1–15 14th
Duquesne: 41–103 (.285) 19–61 (.238)
Merchant Marine Mariners (Landmark Conference[16]) (2010–2014)
2010–11 Merchant Marine 14–12 8–6 4th
2011–12 Merchant Marine 12–13 7–7 T–4th
2012–13 Merchant Marine 14–12 7–7 4th
2013–14 Merchant Marine 12–14 6–8 T–4th
Merchant Marine: 52–51 (.505) 28–28 (.500)
Total: 461–433 (.516)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion