SEDLER FAMILY MEN'S HEAD BASKETBALL COACH
Xavier University announced a gift from Tom and Genny Sedler to endow its Head Men's Basketball coaching position. Thanks to the largest donation ever made to the men's basketball program, the position of Men's Head Basketball Coach will be re-named the "Sedler Family Men's Head Basketball Coach." This is the first endowed coaching position at Xavier.
Xavier head coach Chris Mack, who just completed his sixth season as the Xavier head coach, received a contract extension in the off-season that goes through the 2020-21 season. Mack has led Xavier back to the NCAA Tournament five times in his six seasons at the helm. Mack, 45, is the first head coach in school history to lead the team to three Sweet 16 appearances, having led XU to the Sweet 16 in 2010, 2012 and 2015 . Mack is very familiar with postseason tournament play. In fact, 2015 marked the 15th NCAA Tournament for Mack, including two as a player and 13 on the coaching staffs at Xavier and Wake Forest.
Mack has recorded a 134-71 (.654) mark overall and stands third on Xavier's all-time wins list. Mack has strong ties to all three of the other Xavier head coaches that have reached 100 career wins at XU. Pete Gillen (202 wins in nine seasons from 1985-94), Skip Prosser (148 wins in seven seasons from 1994-2001) and Sean Miller (120 wins in five seasons from 2004-09) are the other three coaches in XU's top four on the all-time wins list. Mack played under Gillen and then-Gillen assistant Prosser and he worked on the staffs of Miller at Xavier and Prosser at both XU and Wake.
AN AWARD WINNER
Mack was selected as the 2010-11 Atlantic 10 Conference Coach of the Year by his fellow A-10 coaches. In addition, Mack was the recipient of the 2011 Skip Prosser Man of the Year award, which is sponsored by CollegeInsider.com. The Skip Prosser Award was established in 2008 to honor those who not only achieve success on the basketball court but who display moral integrity off of it as well.
HISTORY MADE IN THE 2009-10 SEASON AS A ROOKIE HEAD COACH
Mack, the 2009-10 Basketball Times Rookie Coach of the Year, was 26-9 in his first season as Xavier's head coach. Mack became the first Xavier head coach to guide XU to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 in either his first or second season. In fact, Mack won 26 games, tying him for the best total ever for a Xavier rookie head coach.
COACHING SUCCESS STORY
Mack, who was born December 30, 1969 in Cleveland, Ohio, is the 17th head coach in program history. Prior to being named Xavier's head coach on April 15, 2009, Mack spent five seasons as an assistant on Sean Miller's Xavier staff. Prior to that he was on the staff of the late Skip Prosser both at Xavier and at Wake Forest.
LEARNED UNDER PROSSER AND MILLER
Mack was XU's Director of Basketball Operations from 1999-2001 under Prosser. Mack spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Wake Forest under Prosser from 2001-04. He returned to Xavier from 2004-09 as an assistant coach under Miller. During those 10 years on the Prosser and Miller staffs at Xavier and Wake, Mack coached on nine teams that made postseason play, including eight teams that made the NCAA Tournament.
XAVIER PLAYER AND GRADUATE
Mack, a 1992 Xavier University graduate with a degree in communication arts, was a two-time team captain as a player at Xavier under then-head coach Pete Gillen. He won an MCC Regular Season Championship at 12-2 and reached the second round of the 1993 NCAA Tournament. Mack was the 1987-88 Cincinnati Post Metro Player of the Year at St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati before going on to start for two seasons at Evansville under Jim Crews, winning an MCC Regular Season Championship and a trip to the second round of the 1989 NCAA Tournament as a UE freshman. He transferred to Xavier after his sophomore season.
BASKETBALL FAMILY MAN
Mack and his wife, Christi, have two daughters, Hailee (8) and Lainee (9) and welcomed their first son, Brayden, on Dec. 8, 2014. Christi has a basketball background and was a 2014 inductee into the University of Dayton Athletic Hall of Fame, the Director of Basketball Operations for XU's women's basketball team (2001-03) and more recently as the former head girls basketball coach at Cincinnati's Colerain High.