April 15, 2010
Mark Fox became the 21st head basketball coach in the history of the University of Georgia on April 3, 2009. The native Kansan arrived in Athens after five successful seasons in a similar capacity at the University of Nevada, which played in the postseason in each of those five years.
During Fox's five-year tenure as head coach, Nevada won at least 21 games each season, won or shared four straight Western Athletic Conference titles and played in three consecutive NCAA Tournaments. He was named the WAC Don Haskins Coach of the Year three times.
In all, Fox spent nine seasons coaching basketball at the Reno school. His first four (2001-04) came as the Wolf Pack's associate head coach under Trent Johnson. When Johnson left Nevada for the head coaching job at Stanford, Fox assumed the lead chair, and the program kept its torrid pace.
As an assistant in 2003-04, Fox helped Nevada reach the NCAA Sweet Sixteen for the first time in school history as the Wolf Pack turned in a 25-9 overall record. Nevada registered upset victories over Michigan State and Gonzaga in the 2004 NCAA Tournament. 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.
Fox began his coaching career as a graduate assistant coach and then as a full-time assistant at the University of Washington (1991-93). Following his two-year stint with the Huskies, Fox spent six seasons (1994-2000) as an assistant coach at Kansas State University before joining the Nevada staff in August of 2000.
While Fox was at Kansas State, the Wildcats earned an NCAA Tournament invitation in 1996 and two appearances in the National Invitation Tournament (1998 and 1999). They led the nation in field-goal percentage defense in 1999 and were tops in the Big 12 Conference in that category from 1996-99. Fox 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 has signed and coached numerous players who earned all-conference honors from the Big Eight, Big 12, Pac-10 and WAC. Foremost among his Nevada signees was three-time WAC Player of the Year and All-American Nick Fazekas (2004-07), the school's all-time scoring leader with 2,464 points. Ramon Sessions played three seasons at Nevada (2005-07) before leaving for the NBA, where he currently plays for the Milwaukee Bucks. Fox also played an instrumental role in bringing 2004 WAC Player of the Year and NBA first-round draft pick Kirk Snyder to the program, as well as former Wolf Pack all-conference selections Todd Okeson and Kevinn Pinkney to name a few.
Fox played college basketball at Garden City (Kan.) Community College (1987-89) 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 first-team Academic All-Lone Star Conference selection 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 master's of science degree in athletic administration and sports psychology from the University of Kansas in 1996.