Daniel Hugh Nee (born June 18, 1945) is an American basketball coach. He served as the head men's basketball coach at Ohio University from 1980 to 1986, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln from 1986 to 2000, Robert Morris University in 2000–01, Duquesne University from 2001 to 2006, and the United States Merchant Marine Academy from 2010 to 2014, compiling a career college basketball coaching record of 461–433.
|Born||June 18, 1945|
Brooklyn, New York
|Alma mater||St. Mary of the Plains College|
Kansas State University
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1972–1973||Red Bank Regional HS|
|1973–1976||Brick Township HS|
|1976–1980||Notre Dame (assistant)|
|2015–present||Gateway HS (assistant)|
|Head coaching record|
|Tournaments||1–7 (NCAA Division I)|
|Accomplishments and honors|
2 MAC Tournament (1983, 1985)
Big Eight Tournament (1994)
|University of Nebraska Hall of Fame|
Born Daniel Hugh Nee, Danny Nee grew up in his native Brooklyn, New York. His father Patrick immigrated to the U.S. from Ireland. "Rough is what I grew up knowing, and it's what I still know," said Nee in an interview with Sports Illustrated in 1991.
Nee played high school basketball at Power Memorial Academy alongside future NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. After his junior year in 1963, Nee was expelled from Power Memorial for participating in a gang fight.
For his senior year, Nee transferred to Fort Hamilton High School and was recruited to Marquette University by Al McGuire. Nee was captain of the freshman team but dropped out of Marquette after one year. In 1967, Nee enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. With the Marines, Nee served in the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged in 1968.
Resuming his college education in the U.S., Nee earned a bachelor's degree in English and physical education from St. Mary of the Plains College in 1971 and an M.S. in physical education from Kansas State University in 1972, his master's thesis being titled Intramural programs in the Big Eight universities.
High school and assistant in collegeEdit
After earning his degrees, Nee coached high school basketball in New Jersey, first at Red Bank Regional High School from 1972 to 1973 and Brick Township High School from 1973 to 1976 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.
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). Ohio University Hall of Fame.
University of NebraskaEdit
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.
On March 13, 2000, athletic director Bill Byrne fired Nee with three years left on Nee's contract. 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, 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.
On October 4, 2010, the United States Merchant Marine Academy named Nee its head men's basketball coach. The Mariners compiled a 52–51 overall record, 28-28 in the Landmark Conference, in Nee's four seasons at the Academy.
Back to high schoolEdit
Head coaching recordEdit
Nebraska was awarded a forfeit victory over Texas Tech during the 1996–97 season. Nebraska originally lost that game, 87–74. This game is not reflected in the totals below. Duquesne was awarded a forfeit victory over St. Bonaventure during the 2002–03 season. Duquesne originally lost that game, 86–78. This game is not reflected in the totals below.
|Ohio Bobcats (Mid-American Conference) (1980–1986)|
|1982–83||Ohio||23–9||12–6||2nd||NCAA Division I Round of 32|
|1984–85||Ohio||22–8||14–4||1st||NCAA Division I 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) (1986–1996)|
|1986–87||Nebraska||21–12||7–7||5th||NIT Third Place|
|1990–91||Nebraska||26–8||9–5||3rd||NCAA Division I Round of 64|
|1991–92||Nebraska||19–10||7–7||5th||NCAA Division I Round of 64|
|1992–93||Nebraska||20–11||8–6||T–2nd||NCAA Division I Round of 64|
|1993–94||Nebraska||20–10||7–7||4th||NCAA Division I Round of 64|
|1994–95||Nebraska||18–14||4–10||7th||NIT Second Round|
|Nebraska Cornhuskers (Big 12 Conference) (1996–2000)|
|1997–98||Nebraska||20–12||10–6||4th||NCAA Division I Round of 64|
|1998–99||Nebraska||20–13||10–6||T–5th||NIT Second Round|
|Nebraska:||254–190 (.572)||88–116 (.431)|
|Robert Morris Colonials (Northeast Conference) (2000–2001)|
|Robert Morris:||7–22 (.241)||7–13 (.350)|
|Duquesne Dukes (Atlantic 10 Conference) (2001–2006)|
|Duquesne:||41–103 (.285)||19–61 (.238)|
|Merchant Marine Mariners (Landmark Conference) (2010–2014)|
|Merchant Marine:||52–51 (.505)||28–28 (.500)|
Postseason invitational champion
- Nee, Daniel Hugh (1972). Intramural programs in the Big Eight universities (M.S.). Kansas State University.
- "Danny Nee". University of Nebraska Athletics. 1999. Archived from the original on April 19, 2001. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
- Pierce, Charles P. (2000), Sports Guy, Da Capo Press, pp. 100–101, ISBN 0306810050
- Jenkins, Sally (February 4, 1991). "A Husker switcheroo". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
- Gorman, Kevin (January 20, 2016). "Nee embraces 'new role' at Gateway". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
- "Danny Nee". US Merchant Marine Academy. 2014. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
- Lewis, Michael (December 14, 2011). "Danny Nee: What a wonderful basketball life". USMMA. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
- "NU to Begin Nationwide Search for Men's Basketball Head Coach". Nebraska Athletics. March 13, 2000. Retrieved March 17, 2017.
- RU Basketball Welcomes Nee & Winterbone to Staff
- Danny Nee Named To Men's Basketball Staff
- "USMMA Names Danny Nee New Men's Basketball Coach". Landmark Conference. October 5, 2010. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
- "2013-14 Atlantic 10 Conference Men's Basketball Media Guide" (PDF). Atlantic 10 Conference. 2013. Retrieved 21 December 2013.
- "2013-14 MAC Men's Basketball Record Book; Year-By-Year Standings" (PDF). Mid-American Conference. 2013. Retrieved 21 December 2013.
- "Big Eight Conference historical standings" (PDF). Big 12 Conference. Retrieved 21 December 2013.
- "2013-14 Big 12 Men's Basketball Media Guide; Big 12 Record Book – Pages 62-86" (PDF). Big 12 Conference. 2013. Retrieved 21 December 2013.
- "NEC Men's Basketball Standings (1997-2013)". Northeast Conference. 2013. Retrieved 21 December 2013.