Chris Mennig

Chris Mennig returned to his position at The High School of St. Thomas More, as well as the National Evaluator & Event Coordinator for Blue Star Basketball / USJN Basketball in April 2012 after taking an 8 month professional leave of absence to be an assistant coach at Arizona State University during the 2011-12 season.  Mennig was asked to help fill in on staff under Joseph Anders as WBCA President Charli Turner-Thorne took a leave of absence from her program for the season – To learn more about that story CLICK HERE Upon his return to Champaign, the Sabers achieved unprecedented success being ranked #1 in the state for nearly the entire season & culminated with a 2nd place finish in the state playoffs (32-3).

Defense and Post Player Development were the primary responsibilities for Mennig while with the Sun Devils. In his short time in the Valley of the Sun he helped the program reach a level of defense that found its way into the record books. The team set two Pac-12 records: Scoring Defense (53.3 – 16th nationally) & Blocks in a game (16). The Sun Devils broke four Arizona State records including: FG% Defense (34.2% – 11th nationally), Blocks/G ( 5.8/G – 11th nationally) as well as the aforementioned conference records. Along the way they held all but two teams under their scoring average – including holding #2 Stanford to 25 points below their average twice during the season. Also Senior post player Kali Bennett had a great turnaround in her final campaign – making the Pac-12 All-Defensive Team & breaking numerous ASU block shot records. At the culmination of his contract with Arizona State he was once again asked to be a presenter at the WBCA Convention on the topic: Recruiting: Cultivating Your Craft.

Prior to being a part of the Sun Devil’s 20-12 post season campaign, Mennig has been the face behind the resurgence of Blue Star Basketball / USJN since his arrival in 2005. At that time he accepted his position with Mike Flynn, after 11 years as a successful women’s college basketball assistant coach & recruiter. During his first six years with Blue Star Basketball / USJN – he was named to the McDonald’s All American Committee (2007), as well as an adviser to Gatorade Player of the Year/Sporting News All-American, as well as being quoted in such publications as USA Today, and ESPN.com about the recruiting scene in women’s basketball.

Mennig has been the girls basketball coach at The High School of St. Thomas More since June of 2005, when he came over to STM from the University of Illinois’s campus after an 11 year career as a women’s college assistant coach & recruiter. The program has seen a steady stream of success since arriving with the Sabers  where in 8 seasons he has lead them to six conference titles (had a conference win streak of 37 games & 27 games during this stretch), a state ranking as high as #1 for class 2A (January 2013 thru February 2014), an IHSA 2A State Championship, an IHSA 2A State Runner-Up finish, a two super-sectional & two sectional Championship & six state Regional Championships.  In 2010 & 2013 Mennig was ranked the #17 most influential person in grassroots women’s basketball nationally according to the National Basketball Insider.  The IBCA named Mennig the District 13 Coach of the Year in 2010, 2013 & 2014.  In 2009 & in 2010 Mennig was one of the Champaign News-Gazette Top 20 ‘coach of the year’ for all sports in the area: “His talent at coaching and teaching matches his skill at ranking players nationally”.  In 2013 & 2014 he was named the News-Gazette Coach of the Year & was nominated for the WBCA National Coach of the Year following the teams 32-3 season in 2013, as well as 33-2 season in 2014.

Here are some of the highlights of his earlier college career:

Mennig stepped down from his position at the University of Illinois, under former Olympic head coach, and Hall of Famer Theresa Grentz after two seasons in June of 2005.  In his first season with the Orange and Blue, he helped bring in a Top-25 recruiting class of according to Blue Star Basketball.  During his second season as co-recruiting coordinator the Illini signed a six member class that ranked as the #19 class in the country for 2005 according to Blue Star Basketball.  Before his departure Mennig finished 2nd for the head coaching position at St. Louis University.  During his stretch at Illinois he had the opportunity to work with five different players that went on to play professional basketball either here in the WNBA or overseas.

Mennig came to Illinois after working a brief stint in the spring of 2003 with Mike Flynn & Blue Star Basketball / USJN; one of the top women’s basketball scouting service in the country. During that time he organized Travel Team/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 University, 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. 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 in the Midwest, serving as assistant coach at both Brown University (1997-98) and St. Bonaventure University (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 in the spring of 2004 he presented on the topic of Rebounding System at the WBCA Convention.  Besides numerous camps & clinics he has also lectured at The Recruiters Institute seminars as well.

“St. Thomas More’s gain is definitely our loss, I am very happy for Chris and the STM athletic programs that will be utilizing his services.  I certainly will miss Chris, at the same time; I am pleased to learn that he will still be in the Champaign-Urbana community.  Coach Mennig will always be involved in bringing the cutting edges of technology for the betterment of the sport he is working with, and for the improvement of his student/athletes.  Even though he will be wearing Green and Gold, I know he is truly a part of our Illini family for many years to come.”
December 8. 2007
Theresa Grentz
University of Illinois Head Coach / Hall of Famer & Former Olympic Coach

STM Career Record:  197-51 (8 years)
Career Games on the sideline (all levels) – 595 games
Email: [email protected]

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