Kyle Denning is in his fifth season on the Iowa basketball staff, his first as assistant director of basketball operations after serving as a graduate student manager the previous two years.
Two of the last three seasons while on staff, the Hawkeyes have finished in the upper division of the Big Ten, had a first-team All-Big Ten honoree, and won both an NCAA Tournament and NIT game. In 2016, Iowa was nationally ranked the final 11 weeks of the season, climbing as high as No. 3.
Denning is a recent University of Iowa graduate and former Hawkeye basketball student-athlete (2011-15), playing on four postseason teams, including back-to-back NCAA Tournament teams in 2014 and 2015, and NIT runner-ups in 2013.
The native of Cedar Falls, Iowa, was a walk-on for the first three seasons before earning an athletic scholarship his senior season. Denning played in 35 games at point guard, shooting at a 50 percent clip during his career.
Denning ran the team’s scout team for four seasons and earned the team’s Appreciation Award in 2015.
Denning graduated in May, 2015, with a degree in leisure studies from the University of Iowa. He completed his master’s degree in sport and recreation management in May, 2019.
Denning is married to Margaret (Creeden) Denning.