Kyle Denning is in his seventh season on the Iowa basketball staff, his third as assistant director of basketball operations after serving as a graduate student manager the previous two years.
Six of the last seven 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 five times.
The last three seasons, Denning and the Hawkeyes won 20+ games, have been a mainstay in the national rankings, and posted NCAA Tournament victories in 2019 and 2021. Denning was a member of a staff that coached two-time unanimous consensus first-team All-American, and Big Ten and National Player of the Year Luka Garza. The center was also the consensus 2021 National Player of the Year, including winning the Naismith Trophy and John R. Wooden Award.
Iowa won 15 games over AP Top 25 opponents over the last two seasons, tops among all Division I teams. In 2021, Iowa won 14 Big Ten regular season games, its highest total since 1987. The Hawkeyes earned a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament, tying its highest ever seed in tournament history (No. 2 in 1987).
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 runners-up 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.