A former Missouri basketball assistant has landed a head coaching job. Cornell Mann has been announced as the new head coach at Grand Valley State University in Michigan, a program in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

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Mann spent all 5 seasons on Cuonzo Martin’s staff at Mizzou.

“I am thrilled to be a part of the Grand Valley State Laker family,” Mann said in a school release. “I want to thank President Mantella, Athletic Director Keri Becker and Deputy Athletic Director Doug Lipinski for having the faith to see me as their next head coach. I cannot wait to get started working with the young men in our program and to build upon the tradition already in place at GVSU. We have a lot to accomplish as we strive for another GLIAC Championship. Let’s get to work!”

GVSU athletic director Keri Becker spoke highly of Mann, noting he was one of 4 candidates interviewed on campus.

“We invited four excellent candidates to campus, who all brought exceptional coaching experience and different strengths,” Becker said. “Cornell set himself apart in two ways. First, when he enters a room, he instantly connects. He will build lasting relationships with our student-athletes, work well with our staff and engage the campus and community as he builds the energy around our men’s basketball team. Second, his recruiting connections in Michigan and surrounding areas was unparalleled. These connections will give us the best chance to bring that talent to Grand Valley State.”

A Michigan native, Mann has previous coaching experience in the state at Western Michigan (2003-08) and Central Michigan (2001-03). His other stops include Oakland (2016-17), Iowa State (2011-15) and Dayton (2008-11).