Mark Gottfried Biography
Update: Mark Gottfried resigned as Alabama basketball coach on January 26, 2009. There was some dispute with the UA administration over former player Ronald Steele's decision to leave the program. Also, Alabama had missed the NCAA Tourney the prior couple years. So, arguably the second best basketball coach ever at Alabama (behind Wimp Sanderson) is gone. He ended up with a 210-131 record at Alabama. Bama's new b-ball coach is Anthony Grant. On April 5, 2011, Gottfried was named head basketball coach for the North Carolina State Wolfpack. Good luck Mark!
Mark Gottfried formerly served as the head coach of the University of Alabama men's basketball team, a position he has now held for 10 full seasons. It can be justifiably argued that the University of Alabama men's basketball team has enjoyed some of its greatest successes under Gottfried, and can also be argued that, over the course of his coaching tenure the University of Alabama has enjoyed some of the most consistent success in the Southeastern Conference.
Since being hired at the University of Alabama, Gottfried has compiled an overall record of 201-125, and has also amassed a winning record in the difficult Southeastern Conference, with a record of 82-80 over the course of his 10+ year coaching career at Alabama. Over that span, he has also achieved a significant measure of postseason success. Gottfried's teams have successfully been invited to three National Invitational Tournaments as well as to 5 NCAA Tournaments. Gottfried's only losing season, which occurred in 1999-2000, was also the only season that the Crimson Tide did not make a postseason Tournament.
Among those NCAA Tournament years, Gottfried's Crimson Tide team made its most notable run in the 2004 NCAA Tournament, when the team made a run to the elite 8 following a 20-13 season. Gottfried also has 1 Southeastern Conference Championship to his credit while at Alabama (2001-2002, following a 27-8 campaign) as well as 5 20 win seasons in total.
Prior to his arrival at the University of Alabama, Mark Gottfried served as head coach at Murray State for 3 seasons, where he elevated that basketball program to heights never before seen. Over the course of those 3 seasons, Gottfried's teams went a combined 68-24, won the Ohio Valley Conference each of the 3 seasons, and made the postseason 3 times in that stretch, twice making the NCAA Tournament, including 1997-1998, following a season in which the team went 29-4.
Gottfried's first coaching experience came as an assistant coach at UCLA, where he served for 8 seasons. While at UCLA, Gottfried served as both an assistant coach as well as a recruiter. Over the course of his time at UCLA, the Bruins had a number of impressive run, and in particular, had a particularly strong track record in recruiting, spurred on by Gottfried. The recruiting successes included eventual NCAA stars such as Tyus Edney, Tracy Murray, and Pooh Richardson.
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