BERKELEY – Mark Fox, a veteran coach has run teams in Nevada and Georgia for several postseason berths during his career, has been named the main men's basketball coach at the University of California, Berkeley, director of athletics Jim Knowlton announced Friday.
Fox will be formally introduced at a press conference Monday at 10 am in Haas Pavilion.
Fox prepared a 123-43 record in five seasons leading Nevada from 2005-09, a race involving four conference championships, three invitations to the NCAA tournament, and two trips to the CBI tournament. He later served as head coach in Georgia for nine seasons from 2010-18 and received a 163-133 mark leading Bulldogs to a few NCAA tournaments and three national invitation tournaments. With a career placement of 286-1
"Mark Fox is a man of unbeatable integrity with a proven record of success as a major competition," Knowlton said. "He is an inspirational leader, a teacher, and an extraordinary communicator who has shown a strong commitment to developing the entire student's athlete in court and out of court. We had a unique pool of candidates, and throughout the process a person climbed ready I am excited to bid Mark to the Cal family and look forward to leading the Cal men's basketball program to new heights, we want our team to be exceptional and I firmly believe Mark is the person Who Leads Us There. "
Fox will bring strong West Coast roots to Cal when he began his collegial coaching career as an assistant in Washington from 1991 -93 before the next six seasons of staff in Kansas State. Fox then served as associate head coach in Nevada before taking over the lead role before the 2004-05 campaign.
Outside of coaching, Fox is a former chairman of the NCAA Men's Basketball Rules Committee and member of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Ethics Coalition. He also raised nearly $ 1 million for Coaches vs. Cancer.
"Cindy and I are very happy to join the Cal family and lead the basketball program," Fox said. "The academic expertise of the University of California combined with the vision and leadership of Jim Knowlton offers a great opportunity. I appreciate Chancellor Christ and Jim's faith and trust me to lead this proud program forward. Early in my coaching career I am privileged to spend time with coach Pete Newell, it will be my honor to bring the bears to court and dig his name. The trunk of greatness in the Pac-12 provides a great platform for Cal basketball. Cindy and our family are ready to lead these young men in the pursuit of excellence both on and off court. "
Since the end of Georgia, Fox spent the autumn of 2018 serving with USA Basketball as assistant coach of Jeff Van Gundy for World Cup qualifying teams. He also assisted Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA Summer League and spent professional times with coaches Brad Stevens, Gregg Popovich and Geno Auriemma, among others.
Fox's home in Georgia included four 20-winter seasons that tie most of a head coach in school history and led the team to the SEC Tournament semi-finals three times. Bulldogs produced three consecutive 20-year triumphs from 2014-16, making Fox the only coach in Georgia to win at least 20 games three years in a row. He led Georgia to the NCAA tournament in 2011 and 2015 and to NIT in 2014, & # 39; 16 and & # 39; 17.
In Fox's first season with Bulldogs, Georgia defeated three top 25 teams and paced the SEC in goal measurement, free throw shooting and helper. A year later, Georgia had its first 20-win season and earned an NCAA Tournament berth for the first time in nine seasons. Fox's 2013-14 team tied for second place in the SEC, a milestone achieved by only three other Georgia teams in the previous 82 years.
Georgia won a total of 80 games in 2014 – the second-winning four-year stretch of program history – and Bulldogs' 42 SEC wins and 54 home win over span are the most ever in school.
Individually under Fox, Yante Maten was named this year's Associated Press SEC player after measuring a conference —best 19.3 ppg and 8.6 rpg, while Juwan Parker was named SEC Scholar Atlet of the year 2017-18. Overall, all seniors who played for Fox during his employment in Georgia took the exam. In addition, more than 15 students played athletes professionally, including Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, number 8 on the 2013 NBA draft from the Detroit stamps. Caldwell-Pope, the first McDonald's All-American for nearly 20 years to choose Georgia, was named the 2013 SEC Player of the Year.
In February 2012, the website RealGM.com Fox ranked first nationally among all college coaches in player development and added that he "really has been great at getting the most out of his players."
While in Nevada, Fox had one of the most successful start to a coach in Division I history for highest winning percentage in a coach's first three seasons (.818, 81-18). He led Nevada for four conference titles (one split), three NCAA Tournament Venues and two CBI Tournament Excursions when Wolf Pack won at least 21 games each season. Fox was named the WAC Coach of the Year three times – in 2005, & # 39; 06 and & # 39; and he coached four WAC players of the year.
Prior to accepting the main coaching role, Fox served as assistant to Trent Johnson at Nevada and together they helped the Wolf Pack for its first NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in 2004. Fox was assistant to Tom Asbury in Kansas State from 1994-2000 and served as assistant with Lynn Nance in Washington from 1991-93
Fox collectively played at Garden City Community College in Kansas during former Nevada headquarters Jim Carey, and then brought two seasons in East New Mexico where he was an academic in the first conference in 1991.
Fox, 50, earned his bachelor's degree in physical education from Eastern New Mexico in 1991 and a Masters Degree in Sports Administration / Sports Psychology from Kansas in 1996. Originally from Garden City, Kansas, he and his wife Cindy have two children Parker and Olivia.
What You Say:
Jeff Van Gundy, USA Basketball
I told Jim – I think Mark should win big, partner with the university, administration and students, and he will do it in a way that never includes the integrity of this great institution.
He is a great trainer and great teacher. Moreso, what I have always admired most, is that he is the leader of integrity, dignity and humility, and it allows a trainer to put the players first. I think he will always put the players first and show that you can do all that and win big, and I think he will do everything at the University of California.
Brad Stevens, Boston Celtics
I'm so fond of Mark and the Cal program. Mark is a good coach and an even better person. He is a person who is committed to operating with the highest integrity in managing a basketball program. Cal hit a home run.
Geno Auriemma, UConn
I've had a chance to know Mark over the years. He is a really solid guy who has his priorities in order and understands what college athletics is all about. Of course, he did a fantastic job in Georgia as a coach, and his help with USA Basketball and collaborating with Jeff Van Gundy was instrumental in helping the US qualify for the World Cup. There is no doubt that he will do a great job at Cal. I love Mark and I'm excited to see him coach.
Mark Fox Year-to-Year Coaching Record
Year Total Conference Ending Season
2004-05 25-7 16-2 1. NCAA  2005-06 27-6 13-3 1. NCAA
2006-07 29-5 14-2 1. NCAA
2007-08 21-12 12-4 T1st CBI
2008-09 21- 13 11-5 2. CBI
Totals 123-43 66-16 5 postseasons
2009-10 14-17 5-11 6th
2010-11 21-12 9- 7 T3rd NCAA
2011-12 15-17 5-11 11th
2012-13 15-17 9-9 T8th
2013-14 20-14 12-6 T2nd NIT
2014-15 21 -12 11-7 T3rd NCAA
2015-16 20-14 10-8 T6th NIT  2016-17 19-15 9-9 8. NIT
2017-18 18-15 7-11 T11th  Totals 163-133 81-79 5 postseasons