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Xavier head coach Chris Mack and players Isaiah Philmore and Semaj Christon fielded questions from the media following the Musketeers 77-70 home loss to sixth-ranked Villanova.
Senior men's basketball players Isaiah Philmore, Erik Stenger and Tim Whelan and head coach Chris Mack talked to members of the media prior to Xavier's regular-season finale against No. 6 Villanova. Philmore, Stenger and Whelan will be honored in a senior-day ceremony prior to the game.
Xavier Head Coach Chris Mack and players Justin Martin, Dee Davis and Semaj Christon fielded questions from the media following Xavier's 75-69 home victory over No. 9 Creighton.
Head coach Chris Mack and senior Erik Stenger answered questions from the media prior to Xavier's home basketball game against DePaul.
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Skip Prosser Classic
No. 7 Xavier lost to No. 10 Saint Joseph's in the first round of the A-10 Championship at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
IMPRESSIVE RECORD UNDER MACK Xavier head coach Chris Mack has proven he is a winner in his first four years at the helm. Mack, 90-44 (.672) overall and 48-16 (.750) in Atlantic 10 regular season action, is in seventh-place on Xavier's all-time wins list and is only one win shy of sixth-place Jim McCafferty (91 wins in six seasons from 1957-63).
Mack led Xavier to the NCAA Tournament in each of his first three seasons at the helm, including the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 in 2010 and 2012. Mack led Xavier to Atlantic 10 Conference Regular Season Championships in 2010 and 2011. XU has finished in the top 25 of the Associated Press and/or USA Today/ESPN Poll each of his three seasons at the helm.
Mack, who a year ago signed a contract extension at Xavier that runs through the 2017-18 season, is very familiar with postseason tournament play. In fact, Mack has been a part of 13 NCAA Tournaments, including two as a player and 11 on the coaching staffs at Xavier and Wake Forest.
ATLANTIC 10 COACH OF THE YEAR AWARD AND SKIP PROSSER AWARD WINNER Mack, who turned 43 on Dec. 30, 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. "Chris Mack is a winner on and off the floor," said ESPN's Jay Bilas.
MACK MADE XAVIER HISTORY 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. He was the winningest first-year head coach in Division I for the 2009-10 season. He was the only rookie head coach to lead his team into the 2010 NCAA Tournament. Mack became the first Xavier head coach to guide XU to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 in either his first or second season. Mack led Xavier to a 20-win season, the first time in school history that a coach has led a team to 20 wins without at least two seniors on the roster. He also accomplished that feat with no returning double-figure scorers from the 2008-09 season. In fact, Mack won 26 games, tying him for the best total ever for a Xavier rookie head coach.
XAVIER COACHING SUCCESS STORY Mack 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 field. Those eight NCAA teams made the NCAA Second Round three times (2002, 2003 and 2007), the NCAA Sweet 16 twice (2004 and 2009) and the NCAA Elite Eight once (2008).
XU PLAYER AND GRADUATE Mack, a 1992 Xavier University graduate, is the fifth Xavier alumnus out of 17 all-time head coaches to take over the Xavier men's basketball program. Mack 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, 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 (6) and Lainee (7). Christi has a basketball background as a collegiate standout at the University of Dayton, 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 School.