Mark Montgomery (basketball)

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Mark Montgomery
Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamNorthern Illinois
Record100–142 (.413)
Biographical details
Born (1970-04-01) April 1, 1970 (age 48)
Playing career
1988–1992Michigan State
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1997–2002Central Michigan (asst.)
2002–2011Michigan State (asst.)
2011–presentNorthern Illinois
Head coaching record
Overall92–136 (.404)

Mark Allen Montgomery (born April 1, 1970) is an American college basketball coach and the current head men's basketball coach at Northern Illinois University. Montgomery replaced Ricardo Patton as head coach of the Huskies on March 24, 2011.[1] Previously, Montgomery served as an assistant to head coach Tom Izzo at Michigan State for ten seasons, the last four as Associate Head Coach. The Spartans reached the NCAA Tournament in each of Montgomery's ten seasons on the staff, including three Final Four appearances and a trip to the title game in 2009.

Playing career[edit]

Montgomery was a four-year letter winner at Michigan State from 1988–92.[2] Upon completion of his college career, he held the school record for games played at Michigan State (126).[2] He was an All-Big Ten Third Team selection in 1992.[3] He ranks fourth all time in assists and fourth all time in steals for MSU.[2] He averaged 5.3 points and 4.5 assists per game and was a member of the 1990 Big Ten Championship team.[3] He played with current MSU associate head coach, Dwayne Stephens.

Upon finishing his college career, he played four years of professional basketball in Europe and averaged more than 25 points per game.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

Assistant at Central Michigan[edit]

Montgomery spent four years as an assistant coach at Central Michigan, joining the staff in 1997 under head coach Jay Smith.[2] He was a part of their MAC conference championship team in 2001.[3]

Assistant at Michigan State[edit]

Montgomery returned to MSU prior to the 2001–02 season.[2] In 2007, he was promoted to associate head coach under Tom Izzo.[2] He helped MSU to three Final Fours, 2005, 2009, and 2010 including the National Championship game in 2009. He coached for MSU for 10 seasons before being hired as a head coach.

Head coach at Northern Illinois[edit]

On March 24, 2011, Montgomery was introduced as the 27th head coach in NIU history. Montgomery took over a program that had traditionally struggled, going 35–83 in the prior four seasons.[4]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Northern Illinois Huskies (MAC) (2011–present)
2011–12 Northern Illinois 5–26 3–13 6th (West)
2012–13 Northern Illinois 5–25 3–13 6th (West)
2013–14 Northern Illinois 15–17 8–10 4th (West)
2014–15 Northern Illinois 14–16 8–10 T–4th (West)
2015–16 Northern Illinois 21–13 9–9 T–3rd (West) Vegas 16 Quarterfinals
2016–17 Northern Illinois 15–17 7–11 T–4th (West)
2017–18 Northern Illinois 13–19 6–12 6th (West)
2018–19 Northern Illinois 17-17 8-10 4th (West)
Northern Illinois: 105-150 (.412) 52–88 (.371)
Total: 105–150 (.412)

      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. ^ New coach: NIU hoops a 'sleeping giant' – Chicago Colleges Blog – ESPN Chicago
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Mark Montgomery Bio – NIUHUSKIES.COM – The Northern Illinois Official Athletic Site". Archived from the original on 2013-10-12. Retrieved 2016-02-25.
  3. ^ a b c "Mark Montgomery Bio – Michigan State Official Athletic Site". Retrieved 2016-02-25.
  4. ^ "MSU's Montgomery to coach NIU men's hoops". Retrieved 2016-02-25.

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