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NBA Champion Mark Madsen Named Utah Valley Men’s Basketball Head Coach

NBA Champion Mark Madsen Named Utah Valley Men’s Basketball Head Coach

OREM, Utah – Two-time NBA champion, former Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach and former Stanford University basketball star Mark Madsen will be named the men's basketball head coach at Utah Valley Monday, becoming just the third coach for men's basketball in UVU's 16-year Division I history.

Madsen takes over the Utah Valley program after serving the past six seasons as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers. He was a two-time NBA champion as a player with the Lakers (2001 and 2002), and he played for the Minnesota Timberwolves for six seasons.

Following his playing career, Madsen served as an assistant coach during the 2009-10 season with the Utah Flash of the NBA G League before returning to his alma mater, Stanford, where he earned an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2012. That same year, he was named an assistant coach at Stanford on Johnny Dawkins' staff and spent the 2012-13 season working in recruiting, opponent game planning and player skill development.

Madsen spent four years as a player at Stanford (1996-2000), where he earned All-America honors in each of his final two seasons while helping the Cardinal to four NCAA Tournament appearances, including the 1998 Final Four. He gained the nickname "Mad Dog" while at Stanford for his aggressive style of play. The nickname stayed with him throughout his NBA career. Madsen averaged 10.9 points and 7.0 rebounds per game during his four seasons with the Cardinal. He ranks fourth all-time in field goal percentage (58.7) and sixth in rebounds (857). During his time at Stanford, the team compiled an impressive 105-24 (.814) overall record.

A native of Danville, Calif., Madsen earned his undergraduate degree in economics in 2000. He served a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Spain. He and his wife, Hannah, have one son, William.