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Mark Fox Biography

For Georgia Bulldogs fans who are hungry for success and who were ready for a change to be made within the conference, they got their wish this off-season with the hiring of Mark Fox. In Fox, Georgia fans get a true basketball guy, someone who knows the game inside and out, and who has shown an ability to win and win consistently.

Fox was a good although not necessarily great basketball player during his college days. He played college basketball initially at Garden City Community College in Kansas before eventually transferring for his final two seasons to Eastern New Mexico University, where he graduated in 1991. He performed well enough in his senior season to merit first-team Academic All-Lone Star Conference honors.

Following his graduation, Fox decided early on that his ultimate goal was to move into the basketball coaching ranks. So he immediately signed on to a position as a graduate assistant coach at the University of Washington, where he soon advanced to the position of full-time assistant coach. He spent two seasons there before eventually moving into the Big 12, where he took a position serving as an assistant coach for Kansas State. It was during his tenure at Kansas State that he really found his stride, and really learned how to connect with players. Many former players have credited Fox as having a special talent for that.

Mark Fox Biography
Mark Fox.
Thanks mrjerz at flickr.com for the picture.

Kansas State experienced a high level of success during the seasons in which Fox served as the team's assistant coach. During his tenure there, the team managed two NIT appearances and one NCAA Tournament appearance, for a total of 3 postseason appearances in all. And his hard work paid off, as eventually, when they were in need of a new head coach to lead their program, the University of Nevada came knocking on Fox's door.

While serving as the head coach at the University of Nevada, Fox led the Wolfpack to a tremendous amount of success over the course of his 5 seasons there. He started off strong and kept it going the entire time. In 2004-2005, the first season he served as coach, the Wolf pack went 25-7 overall and 16-2 in the WAC en route to a 1st place finish in the conference and a 2nd round appearance in the NCAA postseason tournament. Over the next 4 seasons, the team had similar successes, each season winning 20 or more wins overall and finishing in 1st place in the WAC 4 of the 5 seasons. He also led the teams to 5 consecutive postseason appearances, including 3 NCAA Tournament appearances.

Mark Fox Biography
Mark Fox and Nick Fazekas.
Thanks renowiggum at flickr.com for the picture.

That level of success at the University of Nevada led to tremendous excitement among fans of the Georgia Bulldogs, who are desperately yearning for the program to climb the ranks of the Southeastern Conference after a number of years lower on the totem pole. However, through his first 16 games as the head coach of the University of Georgia, Fox is off to a slow start. He is only 8-8 overall thus far and remains winless in his first 3 games within conference play. It remains to be seen whether this is just s slow start of whether indeed this is a sign of things to come. It is in the best interests of Bulldogs fans to be patient, at least for now, as Fox's track record would lead one to believe better things are on the horizon.

Read more about Georgia basketball at Georgia Bulldogs Basketball and Georgia Bulldogs Basketball History.

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