Mark Pope

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Mark Pope
Mark Pope as BYU Head Coach during 2019-20 season.jpg
BYU Cougars
PositionHead coach
LeagueWest Coast Conference
Personal information
Born (1972-09-11) September 11, 1972 (age 47)
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:
19971999Indiana Pacers
1999La Crosse Bobcats
20002002Milwaukee Bucks
20022003New York Knicks
20032005Denver Nuggets
As coach:
2009–2010Georgia (assistant)
2010–2011Wake Forest (assistant)
2011–2015BYU (assistant)
2015–2019Utah 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 at Brigham Young University (BYU). A former college and professional player, he played for the Kentucky Wildcats, where he was part of a national championship team, and the Washington Huskies where he was the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year. He later played for the Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks, and Denver Nuggets of the NBA.


Pope was a high school star at Newport High School in Bellevue, Washington and played two years at the University of Washington (UW). 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, where he was a member of the 1996 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship team. Pope was a second round pick of the Indiana Pacers in the 1996 NBA Draft. The 2004-05 season was his last, as he was cut in training camp with the Denver Nuggets the following season.

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

In May 2011, Pope was hired as an assistant to Dave Rose at BYU.[2] Pope replaced Dave Rice, who left BYU to assume the head coach position at UNLV.

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

In April 2019, Pope replaced Rose as the new head basketball coach at BYU.[4]

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 basketball coach at the University of Utah from 1983-1989 and was an assistant at BYU in the 1990s.[5] Pope 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 (Western Athletic Conference) (2015–2019)
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 25–10 12–4 2nd CBI Quarterfinals
Utah Valley: 77–56 (.579) 34–24 (.586)
Brigham Young (West Coast Conference) (2019–present)
2019–20 BYU 14-6 3–2
BYU: 14–6 (.700) 3–2 (.600)
Total: 91–62 (.595)

      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. ^ "Mark Pope Hired as Next BYU Basketball Coach". Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved April 10, 2019.
  5. ^ Call, Jeff (May 27, 2011). "Mark Pope brings different type of hoops experience". Retrieved June 1, 2011.

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