The University of Nevada introduced Mark Fox as its new men's basketball head coach at a press conference held at the Hall of Fame room in Legacy Hall on Tuesday.
The 35-year old Fox spent the past four seasons (2000-2004) as the Wolf Pack's associate head coach.
He becomes the 16th men's basketball head coach in Nevada history and replaces Trent Johnson, who resigned at Nevada after five seasons on May 25 when he was named the new head coach of the Stanford Cardinal.
Fox takes the reins of a Wolf Pack program that has posted three consecutive winning seasons, including a Western Athletic Conference Championship, a school record-tying 25-win season and a trip to the NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen in 2003-2004.
"Mark has wonderful values and an excellent background," said Dr. John Lilley, University president. "His appointment as head men's basketball coach is an exciting one and we expect him to continue the recent success that Trent Johnson has established."
"When we were looking for the right person for this job we were looking for somebody who had a high level of integrity, commitment to academics and could lead Nevada basketball to postseason play," said Director of Athletics Cary Groth. "Mark Fox is that person. He has proven to be an integral part of the Wolf Pack family through his ability to be a team player. He brings continuity and competitiveness as a coach which is what separated him from the other candidates."
Last season, Fox helped lead Nevada to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen for the first time in school history as the Wolf Pack tied a school-record with 25 wins (25-9). Nevada registered upset victories in the 2004 NCAA Tournament over Michigan State and Gonzaga before the Wolf Pack was finally being knocked out by eventual national runner-up Georgia Tech in a regional semifinal game. Nevada also tied for a share of the Western Athletic Conference regular season crown for the first time in school history and captured the WAC Tournament Title.
"It is an honor and privilege to lead this program," said Fox. "I look forward to sharing in the daily efforts with our student-athletes, coaches and the rest of the university."
Fox began his coaching career as a graduate assistant coach and then as a full-time assistant at the University of Washington (1991-93) where he was on the same staff as former Nevada head coach Trent Johnson.
Following his two-year stint with the Huskies, Fox spent six seasons (1994-2000) as an assistant coach at Kansas State University under Tom Asbury before joining the Wolf Pack in August of 2000. While a member of the Wildcats' coaching staff, he helped guide Kansas State to the NCAA Tournament in 1996 and two appearances in the National Invitation Tournament (1998 and 1999). The Wildcats led the nation in field-goal percentage defense in 1999 and were tops in the Big XII Conference in that category from 1996-99.
Fox also spent the 1993-94 season observing then Kansas head coach Roy Williams and the Jayhawk program while completing coursework on his master's degree.
Fox developed a reputation as a strong recruiter during his 12 years as an assistant coach. He coached 13 players that earned conference honors from the Big 8, Big 12, Pacific-10 and WAC.
He signed several of Nevada's current and former players, including Wolf Pack sophomore Nick Fazekas, who was named to the WAC All-Newcomer team and led the Wolf Pack in rebounding last season. Fox also played an instrumental role in bringing WAC Player of the Year Kirk Snyder to the program as well as Todd Okeson and Kevinn Pinkney to name a few.
Fox played junior college basketball at Garden City Community College (1987-89) in Garden City, Kan. under former Nevada head coach Jim Carey and then lettered two seasons at Eastern New Mexico University (1989-91) in Portales, N.M. He was a member of the Academic All-Lone Star Conference first team in 1991.
He graduated Magna cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from Eastern New Mexico in 1991 and obtained a Masters of Science degree in Athletic Administration and Sports Psychology from the University of Kansas in 1996.
Fox and his wife, Cindy, have two children: a son, Parker, three, and a daughter, Olivia, one. Cindy is currently the Associate Athletics Director/Senior Women's Administrator for the Wolf Pack athletics department.