Mario Mercurio spent five years as Xavier University's first-ever Director of Basketball Administration under former Xavier head coach Sean Miller and is in his sixth year under head coach Chris Mack. He spent three years as a student working with Thad Matta's XU staff and also worked as a student for two years under the late former XU head coach Skip Prosser.
"I've been working with Mario since the 1999-2000 season at Xavier," said head coach Chris Mack. "He's sharp, innovative and understands the landscape of college basketball. I don't think there's a better administrator in the country. To top it off, he bleeds Xavier basketball like the rest of us."
Among other things, Mercurio's responsibilities include Xavier's non-conference scheduling. Since taking over scheduling in 2004, Xavier has added home-and-home series with Missouri, Florida, Purdue, Alabama, Tennessee, Memphis, Vanderbilt, Gonzaga, Virginia, LSU, Kansas State, Arizona State, Butler, Georgia and Auburn.
With high profile exempt events becoming an important staple in Xavier's non-conference slate, Mercurio has worked hard to secure spots in some of the country's top events. Xavier, which participated in the 2013 Battle 4 Atlantis, will play in the Wooden Legacy this November. For the past 11 years Mercurio has served as Xavier's liaison to Nike Basketball. The 2014-15 season will mark Xavier's fifth year as a Nike NTS School. The Nike NTS Contract, which covers customized uniforms, gear and equipment, is the highest level of Nike Contract you can obtain without winning a basketball national championship.
In addition to his work at Xavier, Mercurio has also been a part of Larry Brown's and John Calipari's yearly basketball retreat. Mercurio was selected to produce a book compiling notes from the retreat. The hundred-plus page book is distributed only to members of the retreat, and consists of ideas, thoughts, philosophies, and plays from some of the greatest basketball minds today. Attendees of the retreat in the past have included Jerry West, Isiah Thomas and Jeff Van Gundy among others.
A Cincinnati St. Xavier High School graduate, Mercurio, 34, graduated in 2003 from Xavier's Williams College of Business with a double major in finance and marketing. Mercurio, who was born on December 7, 1979 in Cincinnati, also received his MBA at Xavier. He and his wife Meghan live in Cincinnati.