Chris Mack

Chris Mack

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  • 2017-18 BIG EAST Conference Coach of the Year
  • 2017-18 NABC District 5 Coach of the Year
  • 2015-16 USBWA Henry Iba Award Winner - National Coach of the Year
  • 2015-16 CBS Sports National Coach of the Year
  • 2015-16 Basketball Times National Coach of the Year


Xavier head coach Chris Mack, the 2018 BIG EAST Conference Coach of the Year and National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) District 5 Coach of the Year, led Xavier to its first-ever BIG EAST Regular Season Championship this past season. Mack led Xavier to its highest national poll rankings in school history, including No. 3 in the final 2018 Associated Press Poll and the first NCAA Tournament No. 1 seed in XU history. Xavier finished 29-6, setting the school record for regular season victories (27) and coming up just one win shy of the overall wins record (30 in 20-7-08).

Mack, Xavier's all-time wins leader with 215 victories in nine seasons at the helm, recorded his 203rd career win as the Xavier head coach on Jan. 17 vs. St. John's, taking over as his alma mater's wins leader. Mack, who now has a 215-97 (.689) record, has strong ties to all of the other Xavier head coaches that have reached 100 career wins at XU: Pete Gillen (202 in nine seasons from 1985-94), Skip Prosser (148 in seven seasons from 1994-2001) and Sean Miller (120 in five seasons from 2004-09). Mack played under Gillen and then-Gillen assistant Prosser and he worked on the staffs of Miller at Xavier and Prosser at both XU and Wake Forest.

Mack, 48, has led Xavier to the NCAA Tournament in eight of his nine seasons at the helm, including the NCAA Elite Eight in 2017. Mack has led XU to at least the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 four times, including 2010, 2012, 2015 and 2017. He is the only Xavier head coach that has led XU to four Sweet 16s. Mack has five more NCAA Tournament wins (11) than any XU head coach all-time and two more Sweet 16s. Mack is very familiar with postseason tournament play. In fact, 2018 marked the 19th NCAA Tournament for Mack, including three as a player and 16 on the coaching staffs at Xavier and Wake Forest.


Mack, the 2015-16 Henry Iba Award winner as the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) National Coach of the Year, was also the CBS Sports and Basketball Times magazine National Coach of the Year. Mack is the first National Coach of the Year in program history. 


Mack served as a court coach for the 2016 USA Basketball Men’s U18 National Team training camp in the summer of 2016 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.


Mack, who was born December 30, 1969 in Cleveland, Ohio, is the 17th head coach in program history. Prior to being named Xavier’s head coach on April 15, 2009, Mack spent five seasons as an assistant on Sean Miller’s Xavier staff. Prior to that he was on the staff of the late Skip Prosser both at Xavier and at Wake Forest.

Mack was selected as the 2010-11 Atlantic 10 Conference Coach of the Year. In addition, Mack was the recipient of the 2011 Skip Prosser Man of the Year award, which was established in 2008 to honor those who not only achieve success on the basketball court but who display moral integrity off of it as well. Mack, the 2009-10 Basketball Times Rookie Coach of the Year, was the first Xavier head coach to guide XU to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 in either his first or second season.


Mack, a 1992 Xavier University graduate with a degree in communication arts, was a two-time team captain as a player at Xavier. He won an MCC Regular Season Championship at 12-2 and reached the second round of the 1993 NCAA Tournament. Mack was the 1987-88 Cincinnati Post Metro Player of the Year at St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati before going on to start for two seasons at Evansville under Jim Crews, winning an MCC Regular Season Championship and a trip to the second round of the 1989 NCAA Tournament as a UE freshman. He transferred to Xavier after his sophomore season.


Mack and his wife, Christi, have two daughters, Hailee (11) and Lainee (12), and a son, Brayden (3). Christi has a basketball background and was a 2014 inductee into the University of Dayton Athletic Hall of Fame, the Director of Basketball Operations for XU’s women’s basketball team (2001-03) and more recently as the former head girls basketball coach at Cincinnati’s Colerain High.