Georgia Names Nevada’s Mark Fox New Head Basketball Coach

4/27/09 in NCAABB   |   Flip62   |   29 respect

Georgia Names Nevada’s Mark Fox New Head Basketball Coach

ATHENS, Ga. --- University of Georgia Director of Athletics Damon Evans decided on the path of the rising star as he announced Nevada’s Mark Fox as the new men’s basketball coach of the Bulldogs at a Friday morning news conference.

After a national search that included discussions with several candidates, Evans offered the job to Fox on Thursday afternoon at a meeting in Atlanta.

“I had discussions with a number of coaches and I can’t express enough how impressed I was, and am, with Mark Fox,” said Evans. “ I think he is an up and coming young coach who has a great future, he has been a winner in his time as a head coach at Nevada, and I think he is a great fit for the University of Georgia and we are a great fit for him.”

During Fox’s five-year tenure as head coach, Nevada has won at least 21 games each season, won or shared four straight Western Athletic Conference titles and played in three consecutive NCAA Tournaments.  He was named the WAC Don Haskins Coach of the Year three times.

“I am honored and humbled by the opportunity to be the basketball coach at the University of Georgia,” Fox said.  “This is a wonderful place for me and my family to be, a great academic institution with an outstanding athletic department.  I’m leaving a great situation and will be forever grateful for the University of Nevada and its people.  But I look forward to getting started here at Georgia.”

As an assistant in 2003-04, Fox helped lead Nevada to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen for the first time in school history as the Wolf Pack turned in a 25-9 overall record. Nevada registered upset victories over Michigan State and Gonzaga in the 2004 NCAA Tournament. Nevada also tied for a share of the Western Athletic Conference regular-season crown for the first time in school history and captured the WAC Tournament title.

Fox began his coaching career as a graduate assistant coach and then as a full-time assistant at the University of Washington (1991-93). Following his two-year stint with the Huskies, Fox spent six seasons (1994-2000) as an assistant coach at Kansas State University before joining the Nevada staff in August of 2000. While a member of the Wildcat coaching staff, he helped guide Kansas State to an NCAA Tournament invitation in 1996 and two appearances in the National Invitation Tournament (1998 and 1999). The Wildcats led the nation in field-goal percentage defense in 1999 and were tops in the Big 12 Conference in that category from 1996-99. Fox spent the 1993-94 season observing then Kansas head coach Roy Williams and the Jayhawk program while completing coursework on his master's degree.

Fox developed a reputation as a strong recruiter during his 12 years as an assistant coach. He has signed and coached numerous players who earned conference honors from the Big Eight, Big 12, Pac-10 and WAC.  Foremost among his Nevada signees was three-time WAC Player of the Year and All-American Nick Fazekas (2004-07), the school’s all-time scoring leader with 2,464 points.  Fox also played an instrumental role in bringing 2004 WAC Player of the Year and NBA first-round draft pick Kirk Snyder to the program, as well as former Wolf Pack all-conference selections Todd Okeson and Kevinn Pinkney to name a few.

Fox played college basketball at Garden City (Kan.) Community College (1987-89) under former Nevada head coach Jim Carey and then lettered two seasons at Eastern New Mexico University (1989-91) in Portales, N.M. He was a first-team Academic All-Lone Star Conference selection in 1991.

He graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in physical education from Eastern New Mexico in 1991 and obtained a master's of science degree in athletic administration and sports psychology from the University of Kansas in 1996.

Fox and his wife, Cindy, have two children: a son, Parker (8), and a daughter, Olivia (6). Cindy is currently the Executive Associate Athletics Director/Sport Support for the Nevada athletics department.

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Birthdate: January 13, 1969
Hometown:  Garden City, Kansas
Family:  Wife – Cindy
Children:  Parker (8), Olivia (6)

Garden City Community College (1987-89)
Eastern New Mexico, B.S. in Physical Education, 1991
University of Kansas, M.S. Athletic Administration/Sports Psychology, 1996

Coaching Experience
Assistant Coach, University of Washington, 1991-93
Assistant Coach, Kansas State University, 1994-2000
Associate Head Coach, University of Nevada, 2000-04
Head Coach, University of Nevada, 2004-09
Head Coach, University of Georgia, 2009

Year-by-Year Head Coaching Record

 Overall Pct.
 Away  Neu. WAC
25-7  .781   13-4  
  11-2  1-1 16-2
 1st   1-1 (NCAA)
2005-06 27-6
 10-3  0-2 13-3 
 1st  0-1 (NCAA)
 15-1  10-2  4-2
 14-2  1st  1-1 (NCAA)
 .636  13-3   7-9 1-0 
 T1st  0-1(CBI)
 .618  13-8   8-5 0-0
 11-5  2nd  0-1(CBI)
 TOTALS  123-43  .741  71-17  46-21    6-5   66-16
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