Mark Pope

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Mark Pope
Utah Valley Wolverines
PositionHead coach
LeagueWestern Athletic Conference
Personal information
Born (1972-09-11) September 11, 1972 (age 46)
Omaha, Nebraska
Listed height6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High schoolNewport (Bellevue, Washington)
NBA draft1996 / Round: 2 / Pick: 52nd overall
Selected by the Indiana Pacers
Playing career1997–2005
PositionPower forward
Number41, 43
Coaching career2009–present
Career history
As player:
1996–1997Kentucky Wildcats
19971999Indiana Pacers
1999La Crosse Bobcats
20002002Milwaukee Bucks
20032005Denver Nuggets
As coach:
2009–2010Georgia (assistant)
2010–2011Wake Forest (assistant)
2011–2015BYU (assistant)
2015–presentUtah Valley
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points285 (1.9 ppg)
Assists63 (0.4 apg)
Rebound161 (1.7 rpg)

Mark Edward Pope (born September 11, 1972) is an American basketball coach and is the head coach for Utah Valley University. A former college and professional player, he played for the national championship Kentucky Wildcats and later the Indiana Pacers, the Milwaukee Bucks and the Denver Nuggets of the NBA.


Pope was a high school star at Newport High School in Bellevue, WA and played two years at the University of Washington. He earned Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honors in 1992 after setting a UW freshman single-season record with 8.1 rebounds per game. He transferred to the University of Kentucky and was a member of Kentucky's 1996 NCAA Men's Basketball Champion team. Pope was a second round pick of the Pacers in the 1996 NBA Draft. The last year of his career was the 2004-05 season as he was cut in training camp with the Nuggets the following season.

Pope enrolled in medical school in 2006 at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. In 2009, he left medical school and joined the staff of Mark Fox at the University of Georgia. Fox was an assistant coach when both were at the University of Washington. The following season (2010–11), Pope moved to Wake Forest University to serve as an assistant under Jeff Bzdelik.[1]

In May 2011, it was announced that Pope had been hired as an assistant to Dave Rose at Brigham Young University.[2] Pope replaced Dave Rice, who left BYU to assume the head coach position at UNLV.

In March 2015, it was announced that Pope had been hired as the new head basketball coach at Utah Valley University, replacing the retiring Dick Hunsaker.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Pope and his wife Lee Anne, a former assistant to talk show host David Letterman, have four daughters. Lee Anne is the daughter of the late Lynn Archibald, who was the head coach at Utah and was an assistant at BYU in the 1990s.[4] He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Utah Valley Wolverines (Western Athletic Conference) (2015–present)
2015–16 Utah Valley 12–18 6–8 5th
2016–17 Utah Valley 17–17 6–8 5th CBI Semifinals
2017–18 Utah Valley 23–11 10–4 2nd CBI Quarterfinals
2018–19 Utah Valley 9–4 0–0
Utah Valley: 61–50 (.531) 22–20 (.524)
Total: 52–46 (.531)

      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. ^ Tucker, Tim (April 17, 2010). "UGA's Pope Headed to Wake Forest as Assistant Coach". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Archived from the original on May 27, 2010. Retrieved June 1, 2011.
  2. ^ Call, Jeff (April 17, 2010). "Dave Rose hires Mark Pope to replace Dave Rice". Deseret News. Retrieved June 1, 2011.
  3. ^ "UVU hires BYU assistant Mark Pope as new basketball coach". Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved March 30, 2015.
  4. ^ Call, Jeff (May 27, 2011). "Mark Pope brings different type of hoops experience". Retrieved June 1, 2011.

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