Veteran assistant coach Mike Mennenga is in his third season with Oregon.
Mennenga came to Oregon after spending the previous two season at Canisius, where he helped lead the Golden Griffins to 62 victories and three postseason tournaments. He worked with Canisius’ guards and also was instrumental in getting the men’s basketball program active in the local Buffalo community through a series of youth basketball clinics.
Prior to Canisius, the native of Rantoul, Ill., spent one year as an assistant on the Illinois-Chicago coaching staff in 2010-11, where he helped with player development, opponent scouting and recruiting.
During the 2009-10 year, Mennenga was on staff at Providence College where he served as the Friars’ Director of Player Development.
Before his time at Providence, Mennenga was an assistant basketball coach at the Nichols School in Buffalo from 2007-09. At Nichols, he helped guide the Vikings to a mark of 48-6 over two seasons.
Mennenga served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Iowa State University during the 2005-06 season, as the Cyclones boasted the top scoring offense in the Big XII and saw four student-athletes receive academic all-conference accolades.
During his five-year tenure at Buffalo (2001-05), Mennenga filled many roles, including assistant basketball coach, recruiting coordinator and NCAA compliance staffer. During the 2004-05 campaign, the Bulls won 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.
Mennenga began his Division I career as an assistant at Maine from 1997-2000. The Black Bears set school records in wins, attendance and all-conference selections during that time period.
In addition to his college coaching experience, Mennenga served as co-director of youth basketball programs in Buffalo and Toronto, as well as being an analyst for Time Warner Cable SportsNet in Buffalo and a college basketball contributor to the FAN Radio Network in Toronto.
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. He and his wife Shanetta have two daughters, Cheyenne and Nyla.