Kyle Denning is in his sixth season on the Iowa basketball staff, his second as assistant director of basketball operations after serving as a graduate student manager the previous two years.
Three of the last four seasons while on staff, the Hawkeyes have finished in the upper division of the Big Ten, and had a first-team All-Big Ten honoree.
Last season, Denning and the nationally-ranked Hawkeyes registered 20 regular season wins and would have competed in the NCAA Tournament if not for the cancellation of the postseason due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Denning was a member of a staff that coached unanimous consensus first-team All-American Luka Garza. The junior center was named National Player of the Year by six national news outlets, while also earning Big Ten Player of the Year and USBWA District VI Player of the Year distinction.
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 years 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.