Mark Fox returned in February 2019 for a second stint as a USA World Cup Qualifying Team assistant coach and assisted the American squad to a 3-1 record. Fox also served during two World Cup Qualifying windows as a USA Team scout.
USA Basketball has become a collective effort to maintain our country's position in the sport," said Fox. "It is an honor to be asked to assist and I look forward to helping in any way needed. I have tremendous respect for coach Van Gundy and look forward to working with him."
Boasting of 14 seasons of NCAA Division I head coaching experience and 12 years of DI assistant coaching experience, Fox compiled a 286-176 (.619) record as a head mentor while advancing teams to 10 post season tournaments, including five NCAA Tournaments.
In nine seasons (2008-09 - 2017-18) as the University of Georgia's head mentor, Fox led the Bulldogs to winning records in six of his nine-seasons, and compiled an overall record of 163-133, while securing two NCAA tournament appearances (2011 and 2015) and three NIT post-season tournaments (2014, 2016 and 2017).
In just his second season at Georgia, Fox guided his 2011 team to its first 20-win season in nine years. The Bulldogs also earned an NCAA Tournament invite, the program’s first at-large bid in nine seasons.
In 2015-16, Fox led Georgia to its third straight 20-win campaign – just the second time in 111 seasons the Bulldogs have done so – and the Bulldogs posted a double-digit victory tally in SEC play for the third consecutive season - a first for UGA since the league's inception in 1932.
Fox was also head coach at the University of Nevada for five seasons (2004-05 – 2008-09). While leading the Wolf Pack, he compiled an overall record of 123–43 and a .741 winning percentage.
During Fox's tenure as head coach, Nevada won at least 21 games each season, won or shared four straight Western Athletic Conference titles (2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008) and advanced to five postseason appearances including three consecutive NCAA Tournaments. He was named the WAC Don Haskins Coach of the Year three times (2005, 2006 and 2007).
In February of 2012, the website RealGM.com ranked Fox first nationally among all college coaches in player development.
Fox was a member of the NCAA Men's Basketball Rules Committee, which directs rules changes for the sport, and the NCAA's Men's Basketball Ethics Coalition, which is charged “to promote ethical conduct among NCAA Division I men’s basketball coaches through education, leadership and mentoring.
Fox began his coaching career as a graduate assistant coach and then as a full-time assistant under Lynn Nance at the University of Washington (1991-93).
Fox spent six seasons (1994-2000) as an assistant coach under Tom Asbury at Kansas State. While at KSU, the Wildcats earned an NCAA Tournament invitation in 1996 and two appearances in the National Invitation Tournament (1998 and 1999).
Fox left Kansas State to become associate head coach at the University of Nevada. His four years (2000-2004) as the Wolf Pack’s associate head coach included a run to the 2004 NCAA Sweet 16 for the first time in school history.
Fox played two seasons of college basketball at Garden City Community College (1987-89) and played two seasons at Eastern New Mexico University (1989-91) where he was named first-team Academic All-Lone Star Conference in 1991.
He graduated magna cum laude with his bachelor’s 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.
Fox and his wife, Cindy, have two children: a son, Parker, and a daughter, Olivia.
Mark Fox USA Basketball Coaching Synopsis
MEDAL / FINISH
|February 2019 World Cup Qualifying||Assistant Coach
|November/December 2018 World Cup Qualifying||Assistant Coach||1-1||.500||N/A|
|September 2018 World Cup Qualifying||Team Scout||2-0||1.000||N/A|
|June/July 2018 World Cup Qualifying||Team Scout||1-1||.500||N/A|