OREM — Utah Valley has quickly found its new men’s basketball coach.
It will be Mark Madsen, news that was first reported Sunday by Kyle McDonald and followed by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The school announced he will formally be introduced the Wolverines' third head coach in its Division I basketball era during a press conference Monday at 11 a.m. MDT at the NUVI Basketball Center.
"Utah Valley University is an amazing institution, and I'm excited to be the new head coach at the largest and fastest-growing school in the state of Utah," Madsen said in a news release. "I love the mission that (UVU president Astrid S.) Tuminez has put forth for the university, and I am excited to be a part of it. I can't wait to get to work and start helping our players achieve their goals."
Madsen most recently has been an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Lakers, a position he’s held since 2013. On Friday, the Lakers and head coach Luke Walton mutually agreed to part ways, with two years left on Walton’s five-year contract.
Madsen, 43, replaces Mark Pope, the Wolverines’ coach the past four seasons who was introduced as BYU’s new coach last Wednesday. Both McDonald and Wojnarowski reported Madsen will meet with current players on the UVU team Sunday.
Madsen interviewed for the BYU coaching vacancy, the Deseret News’ Dick Harmon reported.
Madsen has six years of experience with the Lakers staff. He was originally hired as the head coach for the Los Angeles D-Fenders, the NBA G League affiliate of the Lakers, then promoted to a player development coach position for the Lakers. He was later made an assistant coach under Byron Scott in Los Angeles and retained as an assistant by Walton when Scott was let go in 2016.
Madsen also served as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Stanford, from 2012-13 and with the former Utah County-based NBA G League team, the Utah Flash, in 2009-10.
"Mark Madsen has reached the pinnacle of his sport as an NBA champion — not once, but twice. He knows what it takes to succeed in basketball and in life," Tuminez said in a news release. "Off the court, Coach Madsen earned a bachelor's degree in economics and an MBA before launching an extensive coaching career. With his strengths and experience, he will inspire our student-athletes in and out of competition, and will help us build even stronger relationships with our broader UVU community."
He helped Stanford reach the NCAA Tournament four times, including the Final Four in 1998, as he finished his career ranked in the Cardinal’s all-time top 10 in blocks and rebounds. He was a first-round NBA draft pick by the Lakers in 2000.
Madsen played for the Lakers from 2000-03, then joined the Minnesota Timberwolves as a free agent and played for them from 2003-09. He averaged 11.8 minutes, 2.2 points and 2.6 rebounds per game in his NBA career, winning two NBA championships with the Lakers.33 comments on this story
"Mark Madsen embodies the mission and vision that we strive for here at UVU. He's hungry and filled with passion. Coach Madsen will work tirelessly to help his players achieve their dreams," Jared Sumsion, UVU interim athletic director, said in a news release.
Madsen takes over a UVU program on an upswing. Pope coached the Wolverines to a 77-56 mark during his four years at UVU, including a school-record 25 wins last year, as well as three straight postseason appearances in the College Basketball Invitational.