Chris Mennig enters his second season with the Fighting Illini. Mennig brings a strong basketball knowledge, creative approaches to recruiting communication and a tireless work ethic to the Illini staff. In his first season with the Orange and Blue, he helped bring in a Top-25 recruting class of Megan Nyquist, Danyel Crutcher and Stephanie Chelleen, according to Blue Star Basketball.
Mennig came to Illinois after working a brief stint in the spring of 2003 with Mike Flynn & Blue Star Basketball/USJN; the top women's basketball scouting service in the country. During that time he organized AAU Tournaments throughout the Midwest and traveled around the country ranking and evaluating the elite players of the nation.
Prior to his time with Blue Star, Mennig had carried a proven track record in recruiting at various levels of women's basketball. In two years as an assistant at Illinois State, Mennig helped spearhead the recruiting efforts as well as serve as an assistant coach. He played a major role in landing 2002 Missouri Valley All-Conference and All-Rookie Team selection Katie Donovan from Canada as well as help sign two of the nation's Top-20 junior college position players and a Top-50 high school shooting guard. The well-rounded classes also included the two tallest players in ISU history - Zora Skrabalova and Katie Ward. Those players went on to help the Redbirds have the 11th ranked turnaround in the nation and more than double their win total.
A graduate of Bryant College in Smithfield, R.I., Mennig started coaching even before he graduated from college, serving as a three-sport head coach at Lincoln Junior/Senior High as a 19-year old. Mennig joined the NCAA Division II Bryant College staff in 1994, serving as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. The Bulldogs won the ECAC, reached the Top 25 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament in those years. During his final year at Bryant, Mennig helped recruit the 1998 ECAC Division II Freshman of the Year.
Mennig had two more stops prior to arriving at Illinois State, serving as assistant coach at both Brown (1997-98) and St. Bonaventure (1998-2001). While at St. Bonaventure, Mennig helped sign some impressive classes, which included the top junior college scorer in the country (Eva Kadlavova) and the 2002 Atlantic Ten Rookie of the Year (Stefanie Collins). With those recruits, the Bonnies nearly doubled their win total and had one of the Top 30 turnarounds nationally.
The native of Munnsville, N.Y., Mennig is one of the more respected camp directors across the country. In 2003 Mennig was one of only five assistant coaches in the country to present on the topic of recruiting at WBCA Convention. Then last spring he presented on the topic of Rebounding at the 2004 WBCA Convention.
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