Chris Mack (basketball)
December 30, 1969 |
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|McAuley HS Junior Varsity
Mount Notre Dame HS
Wake Forest (asst.)
|Accomplishments and honors|
A-10 Regular Season Championship (2010, 2011)
A-10 Coach of the Year (2011)
He continued on to the University of Evansville, where he played basketball for two seasons. He transferred to Xavier in 1990, where he played his final two seasons of eligibility (after redshirting one for transfer rules), and graduated in 1992 with a B.A. in Communication Arts. He is married to Christi Mack (Hester), a former University of Dayton guard (1996–2000). They have two daughters.
Mack started his coaching career as junior varsity head coach at McAuley High School, an all-girls high school in Cincinnati, in 1993. In 1995, Mack was named head coach of the girls varsity basketball team at Mount Notre Dame High School in Reading, Ohio, where he received the 1996 coach of the year from the Cincinnati Post. In 1999 he was named Director of Basketball Operations at Xavier, under the late Skip Prosser, whom he followed as an assistant coach to Wake Forest in 2001.
In 2004 Mack returned to Xavier, joining new head coach Sean Miller as his assistant. When Miller moved to the University of Arizona in 2009, on April 15, 2009 it was announced that Mack would replace Miller as Xavier head coach. The first top 25 ranking by a Mack-led Xavier team was March 1, 2010 when it made its season debut in the Associated Press Poll at #25. During that season, the Jordan Crawford-led Musketeers won the Atlantic 10 and advanced to the Sweet 16. The Musketeers had question marks heading into the next season, yet Mack guided the team to its fifth consecutive Atlantic 10 Championship before falling to Marquette in the first round of the tournament. During both of these years Mack earned Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year award. Heading into the 2011-2012 campaign the Musketeers were slatted to be one of the top teams in the country. With senior All-American Tu Holloway returning, Mack and Xavier were on the cusp of a special year. Xavier got off to a great start and a #7 ranking before the brawl with the University of Cincinnati derailed the Musketeers. Mack's squad did not win the Atlantic 10 title in 2012 but was able to advance to the Sweet 16 with wins over the University of Notre Dame and Lehigh University.
Head coaching record
|Xavier (Atlantic 10 Conference) (2009–2013)|
|2009-2010||Xavier||26–9||14–2||T–1st||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|2010-2011||Xavier||24–8||15–1||1st||NCAA Second Round|
|2011-2012||Xavier||23–13||10–6||3rd||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|Xavier (Big East Conference) (2013–present)|
|2013-2014||Xavier||21–13||10–8||T–3rd||NCAA First Round|
|Xavier:||111–57 (.661)||58–24 (.707)|
- "2006 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees". St. Xavier High School. Retrieved 2009-04-16.[dead link]
- "Player Bio: Chris Mack". Retrieved 13 December 2009.
- "Chris Mack Introduced As Xavier's New Men's Basketball Head Coach". Retrieved 16 April 2009.