Mark Fox (basketball)
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Fox in 2012
January 13, 1969|
Garden City, Kansas
|1987–1989||Garden City CC|
|1989–1991||Eastern New Mexico|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1994–2000||Kansas State (asst.)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
WAC Tournament championship (2006)|
WAC regular season championship (2005–2008)
|3× WAC Coach of the Year (2005–2007)|
Mark Leslie Fox (born January 13, 1969) is an American college basketball coach. He spent nine seasons (2009 to 2018) as the head men's basketball coach at the University of Georgia. He was previously the head coach for the University of Nevada, named to that position on June 1, 2004, just days after former Nevada coach Trent Johnson had resigned to become the head coach at Stanford.
Fox was the head coach for the Nevada Wolf Pack basketball team from 2004 to 2009. While with the Wolf Pack, Fox compiled an overall record of 123–43. He also guided Nevada to five postseason appearances in five years including three NCAA tournaments. The Wolf Pack also won the Western Athletic Conference regular season championship in 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008. In 2006, the team won the conference tournament as well.
Fox was named conference coach of the year twice (2005 & 2006) while with Nevada.
On April 3, 2009, it was announced that Fox would leave Nevada for the same position at the University of Georgia. In his first year as head coach, Fox and the Bulldogs went 14–17 and finished sixth in the Southeastern Conference East. The highlights of the season included victories over the Tennessee Volunteers and three top 25 teams.
In 2011, Fox's second season, the Bulldogs made improvements. The 2010–11 team won 21 games, finished 3rd in the SEC East and made it to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2008. In 2011–12, the Bulldogs posted another sub-.500 record and finished near the bottom of the SEC with a 5–11 record.
After making the NIT in 2013–14, Fox got his team back to the NCAA Tournament in 2014–15, narrowly falling to Michigan State in the first round. That Spartans team would eventually make it to the Final Four.
While at Georgia, Fox has placed three players in the NBA, Travis Leslie, Trey Thompkins and the 8th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. On March 10, 2018, Georgia announced Fox would not return for a 10th season.
Head coaching record
|Nevada Wolf Pack (Western Athletic Conference) (2004–2009)|
|2004–05||Nevada||25–7||16–2||1st||NCAA Round of 32|
|2005–06||Nevada||27–6||13–3||1st||NCAA Round of 64|
|2006–07||Nevada||29–5||14–2||1st||NCAA Round of 32|
|2007–08||Nevada||21–12||12–4||T–1st||CBI First Round|
|2008–09||Nevada||21–13||11–5||2nd||CBI First Round|
|Nevada:||123–43 (.741)||66–16 (.805)|
|Georgia Bulldogs (Southeastern Conference) (2009–2018)|
|2010–11||Georgia||21–12||9–7||T–3rd (East)||NCAA Round of 64|
|2013–14||Georgia||20–14||12–6||T–2nd||NIT Second Round|
|2014–15||Georgia||21–12||11–7||T–3rd||NCAA Round of 64|
|2015–16||Georgia||20–14||10–8||T–6th||NIT Second Round|
|2016–17||Georgia||19–15||9–9||8th||NIT First Round|
|Georgia:||163–133 (.551)||77–79 (.494)|
Postseason invitational champion
- "Fox leaves Nevada for Georgia". ESPN. Retrieved 12 October 2010.
- "Georgia Bulldogs fire coach Mark Fox after nine seasons". ESPN. Retrieved 11 March 2018.