Chris Mack (basketball)

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Chris Mack
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Xavier
Record 111–57 (.661)
Biographical details
Born (1969-12-30) December 30, 1969 (age 44)
Cleveland, Ohio
Playing career
1988–1990
1990–1993
Evansville
Xavier
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1993–1994
1995–1999
1999–2001
2001–2004
2004–2009
2009–present
McAuley HS Junior Varsity
Mount Notre Dame HS
Xavier (asst.)
Wake Forest (asst.)
Xavier (asst.)
Xavier
Accomplishments and honors
Awards
A-10 Regular Season Championship (2010, 2011)
A-10 Coach of the Year (2011)

Chris Mack (born December 30, 1969) is an American college basketball coach and the current head men's basketball coach at Xavier University.

Background[edit]

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Mack graduated in 1988 from St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he was named 1987-88 Cincinnati Post Metro Player of the Year.[1]

He continued on to the University of Evansville, where he played basketball for two seasons.[2][3] 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.[3] He is married to Christi Mack (Hester), a former University of Dayton guard (1996–2000).[4] They have two daughters.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

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.[5] 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[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
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
2012-2013 Xavier 17–14 9–7 T–6th
Xavier (Big East Conference) (2013–present)
2013-2014 Xavier 21–13 10–8 T–3rd NCAA First Round
2014-2015 Xavier 0–0 0–0
Xavier: 111–57 (.661) 58–24 (.707)
Total: 111–57 (.661)

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

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