|Head men’s basketball coach Kyle Manary enters his first year at the helm of the Roadrunner basketball team, having returned home to his East Texas roots. Raised in Livingston, Texas, Manary attended Angelina College basketball games as a kid and still recalls the “Runnin’ and Gunnin’” style of those Guy Davis-led teams. Manary went on to attend Stephen F. Austin University.
Manary arrives at AC with a wealth of experience at every level of basketball. Known as a “guru” of player development, Manary over the past 10 years has worked with more than 120 NBA players, hundreds of high-level Division I players, and several High School All-American stars. He has served as director or lead instructor at all of the Nike Brand Skills Academies featuring such NBA stars Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Anthony Davis, LeBron James, Vince Carter, Amare Stoudemire, and Paul Pierce. In addition, Manary has been the Director of the Jordan Brand International Tour Defensive and Competition segments the past several years.
Manary has also served as the Head Coach of the International Team at the Jordan Brand Classic held in the NBA Charlotte Bobcats arena and the NBA Brooklyn Nets Barclay’s Center; Manary led his team to three victories in this prestigious world game. Over the past seven years, he has been the Director of the Chris Paul Elite Guard Camp, working with Chris Paul, Stephen Curry, Harrison Barnes, Will Barton, Isaiah Thomas, CJ McCollum, Ray McCallen, several other NBA players and the next crop of NBA players. Coach Manary also directs the Wesley Mathews Elite Camp from the Dallas Mavericks.
Coach Manary’s travels have put him around some of the best basketball minds in the game. After surviving a brain tumor that ended his playing career, Manary got his coaching start as a student assistant at nearby SFA under Ned Fowler. Three years later, Manary was promoted to the duties of Third Assistant Basketball Coach at SFA under Derek Allister. One year later, Manary received his introduction to junior-college basketball, serving as an assistant coach under Blake Brown at Frank Phillips College. Manary’s work there led to offers from several Division I programs; he chose to continue his career at Saint Mary’s College of California, working with Dave Bollwinkel – now the Senior Talent Scout for the Chicago Bulls. At Saint Mary’s, gained exposure to the professional ranks, eventually taking a position in basketball operations with the Dallas Mavericks thanks to then-team president Donnie Nelson. With the Mavericks Coach Manary wore several hats, from scouting talent in Europe and college, to holding clinics all over the world, to player development. Coach Manary credits his time learning from Hall of Famer Don Nelson, Dell Harris, Sidney Moncrieff, Charlie Parker, and others as to his passion and creativity for the NBA.
Manary’s next stop led him to working with player-development legend John Lucas, with whom Manary spent the next several years doing all of the player development for a long list of NBA players.
In 2012, Manary became the head coach at Episcopal High School in Houston, a struggling program before his arrival. In his first season, Manary led the team to a 30-4 record and a third-place finish in the state tournament. Manary left the high school ranks having won nearly 90 percent of his games.
Manary’s arrival at Angelina College brought praise from several big names in the professional ranks:
Jeff Van Gundy – Former New York Knick/Houston Rocket Head Coach and current NBA broadcaster: “I have watched Kyle coach and he has enthusiasm that is absolutely contagious, coupled with his outstanding technical knowledge and a hunger to succeed that leaves no doubt in my mind that Angelina College has found the right coach to lead them in the future.”
Kevin Eastman – Former NBA World Champion Assistant Coach/Current President of the Los Angeles Clippers: “Angelina College has hired an outstanding basketball coach in Kyle Manary. He has a great passion for the game and for those he coaches. His combination of incredible knowledge of the game and the relationships he has built with coaches and players from the NBA and through the High School ranks will surely put Angelina where they want to be. But the best thing of all is that he will do it all in a first class manner that will help every player that comes through there to be better for it.”
Assistant men’s basketball coach Eric Colbert is entering his first season with Angelina College. Coach Colbert arrives at AC after spending two seasons at Pratt Community College, where he was part of two 20-plus win seasons and a berth in the semifinals of the conference tournament.
Prior to his time with Pratt Community College, Coach Colbert was the head assistant at Navarro College from 2008-2014. During Coach Colbert’s six seasons on the staff at Navarro, the Bulldogs won three Region XIV championships and one conference championship. In six seasons, the Bulldogs were 147-58 (.717 winning percentage), graduating 93 of their sophomores while placing nearly 30 student/athletes in Division 1 basketball.
Coach Colbert also was on the staff at the University of Nebraska from 2006-2008 as Director of Player Development for head coach Kenneth “Doc” Sadler. There, Coach Colbert was part of two 20-win seasons and a post-season run in the NIT tournament.
Coach Colbert is originally from Compton, California and prepped at Verbum Dei High School, where he was member of a CIF championship basketball team. After high school coach, Colbert played junior college basketball at Compton College and Division II powerhouse Humboldt State University, where he played for the legendary Tom Wood.
Coach Colbert is the son of Chester and Lee Etta Colbert and has one son, Brayden Sidney Colbert.
|Assistant Coach Nick Wade is beginning his first season at Angelina College. Before arriving at AC, Coach Wade was an assistant coach at Conroe Oakridge High School from 2014-2016. Prior to that, he served as an assistant coach at McKinney Boyd High School and Lee College. During his three years at Lee College, the Runnin’ Rebels finished with the most wins in school history and won the Region XIV conference championship in 2013, eventually advancing to the national tournament’s Sweet 16.
Coach Wade played collegiate basketball at Austin College in Sherman, Texas. In his senior season, Wade led the team in three pointers made and three-point field goal percentage. In 2010, Austin College achieved its first 20-win season while winning the SCAC West Division Championship. In his coaching career, Coach Wade has coached more than 20 Division 1 athletes and three professional basketball players, two of which currently are in the NBA’s “D” League.
Coach Wade lives in Lufkin with his wife Allison.
|Athletic Director Guy Davis, following the 2006-2007 season, retired after 31 years as Angelina College men’s basketball coach. Over those three decades, Davis managed to amass nearly 500 wins, finishing with 16 winning seasons, two Region XIV Coach of the Year awards and a trip to the National Junior College Athletic Association tournament held in Hutchinson, KS in 1997-’98. Davis and his wife, Dorothy, live in Lufkin.|
|Sports Information Director Gary Stallard, who also serves as Liberal Arts Instructor/Sports Information Director, begins his eleventh season with Angelina College. Following a career as a U.S. Marine, Stallard completed his bachelor’s degree at Stephen F. Austin University, where he majored in English and Journalism. For more than 15 years, he has worked as a sports writer/columnist/ photographer for the Lufkin Daily News; he continues to contribute free-lance articles on occasion. Stallard has won several awards for writing, including the Golden Hoops Award for basketball writing in 2003, Regional Sports Writer of the Year in 2004, and the Texas Press Association’s first-place award for column writing in 2007 and in 2014. He has also done basketball, football and baseball radio and live streaming play-by-play and color commentary for an ESPN affiliate. Currently Stallard serves as play-by-play broadcaster for AC basketball, baseball and softball games.
Prior to arriving at Angelina College, Stallard taught English at Lufkin High School for four years. He currently teaches Developmental Writing classes at AC. He and his wife Susan live in Lufkin.