Xavier Announces New Deal With Men's Basketball Head Coach Chris Mack
May 10, 2011
CINCINNATI - Xavier University Associate Vice President and Athletic Director Mike Bobinski announced today that the University has entered into a new agreement with men's basketball head coach Chris Mack through the 2017-18 season. Mack, a 1992 Xavier graduate, is beginning his third year as the XU head coach.
"This is the most comprehensive agreement we have ever offered to a head coach at Xavier University and we are pleased to do so," said Bobinski. "Chris (Mack) is much more than just one of the best young coaches in college basketball. We believe he is one of the best coaches in college basketball and that our program will excel both on and off the court under his leadership in the years ahead."
"I have said many times that the commitment from our administration has been paramount to our success in college basketball," said Mack. "Xavier is a special place and the support from (University President Fr.) Mike Graham, (Vice President) John Kucia, (Athletic Director) Mike Bobinski and the entire Xavier Community is overwhelming. As both an alum and the head coach, I am excited about the future of the Xavier basketball program."
Mack, 41, was named 2010-11 Atlantic 10 Conference Coach of the Year by his fellow A-10 coaches this past year after leading Xavier to a 24-8 overall record, its fifth straight Atlantic 10 Regular Season Championship and its sixth straight NCAA Tournament appearance. Mack is 50-17 (.746) overall and 29-3 (.906) in Atlantic 10 regular season play in his two years at the helm, while leading Xavier to the NCAA Second Round this past season and the 2010 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 in his rookie season.
Mack's two-year A-10 record of 29-3 (15-1 this past season and 14-2 last season) equals the best two-year A-10 run in Xavier history. XU was a combined 29-3 in David West's junior and senior years (15-1 in 2003 and 14-2 in 2002). Mack led Xavier to the 2011 A-10 Regular Season Championship and the NCAA Second Round this past season and, in his rookie season, led XU to the 2010 A-10 Co-Regular Season Championship and the 2010 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16.
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., 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.
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 former head coach Sean 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).