|Year:||3rd Season at USMMA|
|College:||St. Mary of the Plains '71 / Kansas State '72|
|Major:||B.A. - English and Physical Education / M.A. - Health, Phys. Ed. & Recreation|
In his first two seasons at the helm of the United States
Merchant Marine Academy men’s basketball team, Coach Danny
Nee guided the Mariners to a 26-25 overall record, 15-13 Conference
record, and a Landmark Conference playoff berth in 2010-11.
Nee, best known for revitalizing the men’s basketball programs at both Ohio University and the University of Nebraska, has coached at the NCAA Division-I level for a quarter-century.
Overall, he has notched a career record of 436-406 (.518) and has compiled a 410-381 record in his 26 seasons as a head men’s Division-I basketball coach which included stints at Ohio (1980-86), Nebraska (1986-2000), Robert Morris (2000-01) and Duquesne (2001-06). He also served as the Director of Player Development at Rutgers after two years as a scout for the National Basketball Association’s Utah Jazz. Most recently, he was an assistant coach at Towson University for the 2009-10 season.
Nee got a start to his coaching career at Notre Dame from
1976-80 under the legendary Digger Phelps. He received his
first head coaching position at Ohio University, where he started
his reputation as a program-revitalizer. Nee built a 107-67
(.615) record in his six seasons while guiding the Bobcats to a
pair of NCAA Tournament berths (1983 and 1984) and one NIT
appearance (1986). He was named Mid-American Coach of the Year
twice. His 1982-83 team recorded a program-record 23 wins en route
to the Bobcats’ first NCAA appearance in nine seasons. He was
inducted into the Ohio University Athletic Hall of Fame in
Nee went on to become Nebraska’s winningest head coach with a 254-189 (.573) record spanning 14 seasons. He was elected to the University of Nebraska Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009 amassing seven 20-win seasons, five NCAA tournament appearances, and six NIT berths; including an NIT Championship in 1996. Throughout his tenure at Nebraska, Nee coached 10 1,000 point scorers, three NBA first-round draft picks and earned league coach of the year honors in 1991. Prior to his arrival in Lincoln, the Cornhuskers had participated in one NCAA Tournament in 48 years.
He also served as head coach at Robert Morris and Duquesne out
of the Northeast and Atlantic 10 Conferences, respectively, adding
to his experiences of coaching in the MAC and Big Eight.
A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Nee was a high school teammate of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at Power Memorial High School. He was a member of the late Al McGuire’s first recruiting class at Marquette. Nee was captain of the Warriors’ freshman team before answering the call to serve his country in the United States Marine Corps. He received Combat Air Insignia Medals and was honorably discharged in 1968 after serving in Vietnam.
Following his two-year tour of duty, Nee resumed his education at St. Mary of the Plains College in Dodge City, KS. where he earned a degree in English and Physical Education in 1971. He completed work for a Master’s degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation from Kansas State University in 1972.
Nee began his coaching career at the high school level, directing programs at New Jersey’s Red Bank Regional (1972-73) and Brick Township (1973-76) before taking the assistant’s job at Notre Dame where he recruited and coached 10 NBA players.
Nee is married to the former Janet Scheib and is the father of three children – daughter, Nora, and sons, Patrick and Kevin.