KINGSTON, R.I. - Rhode Island head coach Daynia La-Force has completed her staff for the 2018-19 season. La-Force has named Clyde Manns as an assistant coach and Keenah Lambert as director of women's basketball operations.
Manns, who has spent the last year with ITPS AAU Basketball, spent the 2017-18 season as an assistant coach at Valparaiso. He was the position coach for the team's guards. Prior to that, he served as an assistant on the men's staff at Chatham University in Pittsburgh.
Manns was an assistant coach at La Roche College for six seasons, including an Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference championship team in 2003-04. From there, he became the head men's coach at Penn State-Greater Allegheny from 2008-14, taking his team to three conference playoff appearances.
"Coach Manns comes to us with over 15 years of coaching experience both on the men's and women's side," said head coach Daynia La-Force. "His extensive playing career along with his passion for individual player development makes him a great fit for our program."
Penn State-Greater Allegheny had won only five games in two years before Manns' arrival, and it won 10 games his first season and 14 games his second year, helping Manns finish as the conference's Coach of the Year runner-up. Manns joined the Washington & Jefferson coaching staff prior to the 2015-16 season, then spent the 2016-17 season at Chatham, where he helped the Cougar men reach the Presidents' Athletic Conference playoffs as a second-year program.
Before joining the coaching ranks, Manns had a successful professional playing career in the American Basketball Association (ABA), United States Basketball League (USBL) and the International Basketball League (IBL). Manns was inducted into the Pittsburgh City League All-Sports Hall of Fame in 2017, solidifying his status as one of the greatest student-athletes in one of the nation's most recognized and respected high school conferences.
Lambert comes to Rhode Island after spending the last three years as the Administrative Assistant to Leonard Hamilton, the men's basketball head coach at Florida State. Before that, she spent a year with Select Staffing as a Full Cycle Recruiter in Charlotte, N.C. She also spent a year as a Coordinating Production Assistant with ESPNU. Prior to that, she spent two years with the Dallas Cowboys working in team and game operations. During her time with Cowboys, she also worked with the Dallas Mavericks in team and game operations. She also spent time with Texas Christian University working in the athletic marketing department.
"Keenah will be valuable to the program bringing a higher level of ideas through her experience," La-Force said. "Our goal is to implement and adapt these concepts to the overall governance of our program."
Rhode Island opens the 2018-19 season when it hosts Boston College in the Ryan Center on Nov. 8.