BYU announced that Mark Pope will be named the school's next men's basketball coach during a 3 p.m. press conference today. Here's a look back at Pope's playing and coaching career.
Sept. 11, 1972: Born in Omaha, Nebraska.
1991-93: Began his college basketball career with the Washington Huskies, earning Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honors in 1992 while averaging 8.1 rebounds per game as a power forward.
1994-96: Transferred to the University of Kentucky under coach Rick Pitino, where he helped the Wildcats win the national title in 1996. Pope averaged 7.6 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game during the championship season.
1996: Taken in the 52nd overall pick in the NBA draft by the Indiana Pacers. He played two seasons with Indiana, helping the Pacers reach the Eastern Conference Finals in 1998.
2000-01: Started a career-high 45 games in his best NBA season, averaging 15 minutes, 2.4 points, 2.3 rebounds and 0.6 assists per game with Milwaukee. He helped the Bucks reach the 2001 Eastern Conference Finals.
2004-05: Played his final season in the NBA with Denver, finishing a nine-year pro career that included seven years in the NBA, as well as time overseas in Turkey.
2009-10: Hired as the director of basketball operations at the University of Georgia under head coach Mark Fox, who was an assistant at Washington during Pope’s time with the Huskies.
2010-11: Became an assistant coach at Wake Forest University under head coach Jeff Bzdelik.
2011-15: Joined Dave Rose’s coaching staff at BYU, replacing Dave Rice, who left to become the head coach at UNLV. Pope coached the team’s post players for four seasons while also scouting opponents, coaching defense and working on player development. During his time in Provo, he helped the Cougars earn a 98-43 record while BYU reached the NCAA Tournament three times and advanced to the NIT semifinals in 2013.
March 31, 2015: Hired at UVU as the school’s eighth head men’s basketball coach and second in the program’s Division I era, replacing the retiring Dick Hunsaker.
2015-16: Coached the Wolverines to a 12-18 record in his debut season, including a 6-8 mark in WAC play. UVU set a single-season record with 256 3-pointers.
Nov. 26, 2016: Guided the Wolverines to the program’s first win over BYU, 114-101 at the Marriott Center. UVU hit a school-record 18 3-pointers and scored the most points by a BYU opponent in the Marriott Center.
2016-17: Led the Wolverines to their first postseason national tournament victories as a Division I program, as UVU finished the year 17-17. The Wolverines again went 6-8 in league action, re-broke their school record with 300 made 3-pointers in the season and played in the College Basketball Invitational, earning wins at Georgia Southern and Rice before falling to Wyoming in the semifinals.
2017-18: Guided the Wolverines to a 23-11 record — setting a school record for single-season wins — and a second-place finish in the WAC standings with a 10-4 mark. UVU again made the national postseason, beating Eastern Washington in the first round of the CBI, and finished the year with a school-best 16-1 home mark and a No. 91 ranking in both the KenPom and RPI ratings.
June 7, 2018: Signed a six-year contract that would keep him as UVU head coach through the 2023-24 season.
2018-19: Coached the Wolverines again to a school single-season record number of wins, as UVU finished with a 25-10 record, including an 11-4 mark in nonconference play. The Wolverines again finished second in league play at 12-4 behind WAC Player of the Year Jake Toolson and advanced to the CBI for the third straight season, reaching the second round. Pope’s four-year record at the school is 77-56 overall and 34-24 in conference play.
April 10, 2019: Hired as BYU's men's basketball coach.