Valparaiso University women’s basketball assistant coach Clyde Manns received a distinguished honor this past weekend as he was inducted into the Pittsburgh City League All-Sports Hall of Fame.
Manns was enshrined into the Hall of Fame among a group of 30-40 standout athletes from the Pittsburgh area across all sports that comprised the Class of 2017. The event, which was hosted by Achieving Greatness Inc., took place on Saturday, Oct. 7 at the August Wilson Center in Pittsburgh.
“The induction was a very enjoyable experience and a phenomenal honor,” Manns said. “I had the privilege of being inducted alongside an outstanding group of players. Having family support there for the event made the moment even more special.”
Manns is in his first season on Valpo’s staff and his 17th overall in coaching. He enjoyed a successful professional playing career in the American Basketball Association (ABA), United States Basketball League (USBL) and the International Basketball League (IBL) before entering the coaching ranks.
The induction gave him a chance to reflect upon his roots from his days playing prep basketball. His enshrinement solidifies his status as one of the greatest student-athletes in one of the nation’s most recognized and respected high school conferences.
“I played against some great competition in the city of Pittsburgh,” Manns said. “The fans were unbelievable. The support that we would get during every high school game, regardless of the sport, was amazing. The fans made it special for us.”
Manns is the newest addition to an experienced group of assistants under head coach Tracey Dorow that also includes 19-year veteran Justin Rees and former WNBA player Megan Leuzinger.
The Crusaders host St. Francis (Ill.) in an exhibition game on Tuesday, Nov. 7 before beginning the regular season on Nov. 16 against IU Kokomo at the Athletics-Recreation Center.