Chris Mack (basketball)

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Chris Mack
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Xavier
Conference Big East
Record 163–77 (.679)
Biographical details
Born (1969-12-30) December 30, 1969 (age 47)
Cleveland, Ohio
Playing career
1988–1990 Evansville
1991–1993 Xavier
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1993–1994 McAuley HS (JV)
1995–1999 Mount Notre Dame HS
1999–2001 Xavier (asst.)
2001–2004 Wake Forest (asst.)
2004–2009 Xavier (asst.)
2009–present Xavier
Head coaching record
Tournaments NCAA: 7–6 (.538)
Accomplishments and honors
Atlantic 10 regular season championship (2010, 2011)
Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year (2011)
Henry Iba Award (2016)

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


Born in Cleveland, Ohio, he grew up in a small town in Cincinnati, OH North College Hill. Where he played basketball in the neighborhood growing up. 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] After he was kicked off the team for hitting on the head coach's wife (amongst other issues), 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 three children and reside in northern Kentucky.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

High School Coaching[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 award from the Cincinnati Post.

Collegiate Coaching[edit]

Xavier & Wake Forest[edit]

In 1999, he was named Director of Basketball Operations at Xavier, serving under the late Skip Prosser, whom he followed as an assistant coach to Wake Forest in 2001.

Return to Xavier[edit]

In 2004 Mack returned to Xavier, joining new head coach Sean Miller as his assistant.

Running the show at X[edit]

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 Conference and advanced to the NCAA 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 NCAA tournament. During both of these years Mack earned Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year awards. 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 their in-city rival UC Bearcats derailed the Musketeers. Mack's squad did not win the Atlantic 10 Tournament title in 2012 but was able to advance to the NCAA Sweet 16 with wins over the Notre Dame and Lehigh. Since Xavier joined the Big East for the 2012-13 season, it has continued to build upon the success attained in the A-10 making the Sweet Sixteen for a third time in six years during the 2014-15 season while attaining regular Top Twenty Five rankings. Mack won several national coach of the year awards following the 2015-16 season in which Xavier finished 28-6, including the Hank Iba Award. The Musketeers had the highest pre-season ranking in school history of 7th (Associated Press) under Mack prior to the 2016-17 season.

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Xavier (Atlantic 10 Conference) (2009–2013)
2009–10 Xavier 26–9 14–2 T–1st NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2010–11 Xavier 24–8 15–1 1st NCAA Second Round
2011–12 Xavier 23–13 10–6 3rd NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2012–13 Xavier 17–14 9–7 T–6th
Xavier (Big East Conference) (2013–present)
2013–14 Xavier 21–13 10–8 T–3rd NCAA First Round
2014–15 Xavier 23–14 9–9 6th NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2015–16 Xavier 28–6 14–4 2nd NCAA Second Round
2016–17 Xavier 13–2 3–0
Xavier: 175–79 (.688) 84–37 (.692)
Total: 175–79 (.688)

      National champion         Postseason invitational 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


  1. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-04-09. Retrieved 2009-12-13. 
  2. ^ "2006 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees". St. Xavier High School. Retrieved 2009-04-16. [dead link]
  3. ^ a b "Player Bio: Chris Mack". Archived from the original on 9 April 2009. Retrieved 13 December 2009. 
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  5. ^ "Chris Mack Introduced As Xavier's New Men's Basketball Head Coach". Retrieved 16 April 2009.