His resume as a head coach beats the hell out of the one owned by Anthony Grant, Frank Haith, Brad Stevens (Butler) or Brian Gregory (Dayton).
Specifically, he has more conference titles, more NCAA Tourney wins, more weeks ranked in the Top 25, and more wins against teams you've ever heard of than Anthony Grant by a long shot.
Highlights of Fox's Career:
- Career Record - 123-43 overall and 66-16 in the WAC. Never won fewer than 21 games in a season in five seasons.
- Championships - Won the WAC regular season title four times in five years, and he won the conference tourney once.
- NCAA Appearances - 3 NCAA Tourney appearances. He advanced to the second round twice including a huge win over Texas, and he beat Creighton in the tourney when they had a Top 25 team. His tourney losses were to Memphis, Illinois (when they were #1) and an upset loss to Montana. Also made the CBI twice (the other NIT).
- Mentor of Note - Coached under Trent Johnson of LSU at Nevada for several years. When Johnson went to Stanford, Fox took over as head coach. Johnson's system and style of play was very effective in the SEC last year.
Winner on the Road:
As a head coach he has won road games versus Kansas, Cal, Gonzaga, UNLV and Georgia. Given our program's problems winning road games the past few years, that's a quality list of wins for a mid-major program. He's also won home games against UNLV, Anthony Grant's VCU team (2009), Oregon State and UGA.
His record from Wikipedia:
|Nevada (Western Athletic Conference) (2004–present)|
|2004–2005||Nevada||25-7||16-2||1st||NCAA 2nd Round|
|2005–2006||Nevada||27-6||13-3||1st||NCAA 1st Round|
|2006–2007||Nevada||29-5||14-2||1st||NCAA 2nd Round|
|2007–2008||Nevada||21-12||12-4||1st (Tied)||CBI 1st Round|
|2008–2009||Nevada||21-13||11-5||2nd||CBI 1st Round|
He put 4 players into the NBA in five years. For a mid-major, that's very strong. I would be embarrassed to tell you how far back you have to go to find four UGA players in the NBA.
He has a four star shooting guard committed for this season, but not signed yet (please oh please let him come here). He signed two four star kids last year, and he is credited with signing All-American Nick Fazekas at Nevada when he was an assistant coach.
UPDATE Profile Articles:
The NY Times put together a large profile piece on Fox's team in 2007. It talks about his background and views on life.
“The whole secret to our success has been finding kids that get better and kids that buy into how we operate here,” said Mark Fox, who is in his third season as Nevada’s coach. “They’ve all been really good kids that have allowed themselves to be coached and work hard.”The Nevada News recently talked with Mark and Cindy Fox about a class they taught on campus. In the interview, Mark talks about his first paycheck where he realized his check was only $6 more than his rent.
Interestingly, his wife Cindy is the #2 athletic director at Nevada. Her title is Executive Associate Athletic Director, Sports Support. She's like the Arthur Johnson of Nevada.
Before you say....WTF? Or "Who?" Consider this....if you had never heard that unrealistic, dumbass idea that Jeff Capel was obtainable, and you actually read the guy's qualifications....would you be interested? Wait til you see who he has actually beaten. It's no joke.
-- Mark Fox Bio - Nevada Athletics
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