Oakland University head men’s basketball coach Greg Kampe announced on Tuesday the additions of Dan Hipsher and Cornell Mann to his coaching staff. Hipsher joins the staff after spending the past three seasons as the head coach of Texas Rio Grande, while Mann comes to Oakland after being an assistant coach at Iowa State for four seasons.
“We are pleased to announce that Dan Hipsher and Cornell Mann will be joining the men’s basketball staff as they bring years of experience at both the Power-5 and mid-major level,” said Director of Athletics Jeff Konya. “These are two highly respected coaches that gives us one of the strongest mid-major staffs in the country.”
“The recruits and the kids that come play at Oakland are going to be surrounded by an unbelievable staff. This is a staff that I don’t think you see very often at the Horizon League level,” said Kampe.
Hipsher has 18 years of head coaching experience most notably at Stenson (1993-95), Akron (1995-2004) and UTRGV (2013-2016) and is a five-time conference coach of the year. His teams have made three NCAA tournament appearances, won five conference championships and captured two conference tournament titles. As a head coach, Hipsher has recorded over 250 wins, including more than 150 victories in conference play.
He has also spent six seasons as an assistant in the SEC most notably as the associate head coach for Alabama from 2009-13. During his time with the Crimson Tide they appeared in the NCAA Tournament in 2012 and made a pair of NIT appearances with a runner-up finish in 2011. While at Arkansas, the Razorbacks made back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2006 and 2007.
Mann was a member of the Iowa State coaching staff from 2011-15 and helped the Cyclones achieve unprecedented success. ISU went to a school-record four consecutive NCAA Tournaments and achieved a 99-40 overall record. Mann was pivotal in recruiting Michigan-native Monte Morris to Iowa State who is one of the nation’s top point guards after being named a two-time Bob Cousy Award Finalist. During his time at Iowa State, he added a Michigan-to-Iowa State pipeline and was also the lead defensive coach.
Mann has 15 years of experience as an assistant coach at the Division I level and has qualified for NCAA Tournament play at all four of his assistant coaching stops. He has won five championships at four different schools and has averaged better than 20 wins as an assistant coach. Prior to Iowa State, he coached at Dayton, Western Michigan and Central Michigan. The Royal Oak Township native was an all-state performer at Ferndale High School, where he earned league MVP accolades and a nomination to the McDonald’s High School All-America Team.