Georgia Hires Nevada’s Mark Fox as New Basketball Coach

Mark Fox (NevadaWolfPack.com)

Mark Fox (NevadaWolfPack.com)

The Georgia Bulldogs have hired Mark Fox as their new head basketball coach. Fox will be introduced as the new Hoop Dawgs coach at an 11:00 a.m. press conference Friday in Athens.

Mark Fox has been the head coach at Nevada since 2004 and has compiled an overall record of 123-43 (66-16 WAC). He has led the Wolf Pack to three NCAA Tournament appearances (2-3 record) and two College Basketball Invitational appearances.

Although not a name any Georgia fan expected, Mark Fox appears to be a solid coach and has an impeccable resume. His overall record as a head coach is 123-43 which equates to a .741 winning percentage. In addition to the NCAA Tournament appearances, Fox guided Nevada to four WAC regular season championships and one WAC Tournament Championship.

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

Fox was named the head coach at Nevada in 2004 after Trent Johnson left to become head coach at Stanford. As you may recall, Johnson is now the head coach at LSU. In 2005, 2006 and 2007, Fox was named the WAC Coach of the Year.

Listed below are Mark Fox’s stats and accomplishments:

Head Coaching Record (Nevada):

  • 2004-2005 – 25-7 (16-2 WAC)
  • 2005-2006 – 27-6 (13-3 WAC)
  • 2006-2007 – 29-5 (14-2 WAC)
  • 2007-2008 – 21-12 (12-4 WAC)
  • 2008-2009 – 21-13 (11-5 WAC)

Conference Championships:

  • 2005 – WAC Regular Season Champions
  • 2006 – WAC Regular Season Champions; WAC Tournament Champions
  • 2007 – WAC Regular Season Champions
  • 2008 – WAC Regular Season Champions

Post-Season Record:

  • 2005 NCAA Tournament – #9 Seed (Midwest); Beat #8 Texas 61-57; Lost to #1 Illinois 71-59
  • 2006 NCAA Tournament -#5 Seed (Midwest); Lost to #12 Montana 87-79
  • 2007 NCAA Tournament -#7 Seed (South); Beat #10 Creighton 77-71; Lost to #2 Memphis 78-62
  • 2008 College Basketball Invitational – W2 Seed; Lost to W3 Houston 80-79
  • 2009 College Basketball Invitational – S1 Seed; Lost to S4UTEP 79-77

Signature Wins:

  • 2004 – at Georgia 58-47
  • 2004 – UNLV 84-78
  • 2005 – Texas 61-57 (NCAA Tournament)
  • 2005 – at UNLV 68-61
  • 2005 – at Kansas 72-70
  • 2005 – Georgia 68-62
  • 2006 – at Oregon State 75-47
  • 2006 – at California 77-71
  • 2006 – at Gonzaga 82-74
  • 2007 – Creighton 77-71 (NCAA Tournament)
  • 2008 – Oregon State 79-71
  • 2009 – Virginia Commonwealth 71-70

Head Coaching Awards:

  • 2005 – WAC Coach of the Year
  • 2006 – WAC Coach of the Year
  • 2007 – WAC Coach of the Year
  • 2007 – National Association of Basketball Coaches District 13 Coach of the Year

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