Mark Fox continues his stewardship of the Georgia basketball program, a journey he's taken since April of 2009. His first five seasons have produced plenty of highlights and milestones, but most important, they have yielded a sturdy foundation that certainly portends of a bright long-term future for the Bulldogs.
Fox's most recent Bulldog squad made history during the 2014 season. It won 20 games for just the 12th time ever in over 100 years of basketball at UGA. The Bulldogs tied for second place in the final SEC standings, a milestone accomplished by just three other Georgia teams in 82 years of SEC basketball.
Just two years after arriving in Athens, Fox guided the Georgia program to its first 20-win season in nine years. The 2011 Bulldogs also earned their way into the NCAA Tournament, the program's first at-large bid in nine seasons.
In Fox's first season in Athens, amid low expectations, the Bulldogs in 2010 toppled three Top 25 opponents and nearly knocked off several more. They led the Southeastern Conference in key benchmarks such as free throw percentage, field goal percentage and assists. Just as important, they forced their SEC brethren to take notice of a new combatant joining their fight.
Throughout his first five seasons at Georgia, Fox has spoken often of instilling a winning culture in the program. Nowhere is this more tangible than in his team's academic pursuits. By the end of Spring Semester 2014, no fewer than 16 Bulldogs had earned undergraduate degrees in Fox's tenure. Additionally, the Georgia program was recognized in 2014 -- for the second straight year -- as ranking among the top 10 percent of all Division I programs for its multi-year APR score, the most accurate metric available for measuring academic performance.
Fox became the 21st head basketball coach in the history of the University of Georgia on April 3, 2009. The native Kansan arrived in Athens after five successful seasons in a similar capacity at the University of Nevada, which played in the postseason in each of those five years.
During Fox's tenure as head coach, Nevada 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 thrice named the WAC Don Haskins Coach of the Year.
In all, Fox spent nine seasons coaching basketball at the Reno school. His first four (2001-04) came as the Wolf Pack's associate head coach under Trent Johnson. When Johnson left Nevada for the head coaching job at Stanford, Fox assumed the lead chair, and the program kept its torrid pace.
As an assistant in 2003-04, Fox helped Nevada reach 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 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 (14), and a daughter, Olivia (12).
Birthdate/Birthplace: January 13, 1969 in Salina, Kan.
Hometown: Garden City, Kansas
Family: Wife - Cindy
Children: Parker (12), Olivia (10)
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
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-Present
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