CINCINNATI, OH - Xavier University Athletic Director Mike Bobinski has officially introduced Chris Mack as the new Musketeer men's basketball head coach.
Mack, who is the 17th head coach in program history, succeeds Sean Miller, who recently took over as Arizona's head coach. Mack spent the past five seasons as an assistant on Miller's staff here at Xavier.
"I was fortunate to have the opportunity to evaluate a number of highly qualified individuals for our head coaching position," said Bobinski. "The position our program occupies in the college basketball world today generated a quality group of candidates and any number of them could clearly have been a solid choice. In the end, however, the most impressive candidate, and the person best equipped to lead our program to even greater success in the years ahead, happened to be someone we know very well. I've known for some time that Chris was ready to be a successful head coach. I'm very excited to say that he will do so at Xavier."
"I am excited to welcome Chris as the new head basketball coach at Xavier University," added Xavier University President Rev. Michael J. Graham, S.J. "Chris has been a part of the program's success both as a student-athlete and a coach. He has proven ready to continue to elevate our program's stature as one of the nation's very best, on the court and in the classroom."
Mack, a two-time team captain as a player at Xavier, is 39 years old and a 1992 Xavier University graduate with a degree in communication arts. Mack is the fifth Xavier alumnus out of 17 all-time head coaches to take over the Xavier men's basketball program and is the first since former XU team captain Don Ruberg spent four seasons at the helm from 1963-67. Joe Meyer (13 seasons from 1920-33), Ed Burns (one season in 1945-46) and Harry Gilligan (one season from 1919-20) are the other XU alums that have been named head coach.
Mack was XU's Director of Basketball Operations from 1999-2001 under the late former XU head coach Skip Prosser. Mack spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Wake Forest under Prosser from 2001-04. He returned to Xavier in 2004 as an assistant coach under Miller.
"I am honored to be named the new head coach at Xavier University," said Mack. "I have a great love for Xavier, our loyal fans and the City of Cincinnati. I want to thank Fr. Graham, John Kucia and Mike Bobinski for believing in me and trusting in me to lead our basketball program. My time at Xavier under the leadership of the late Skip Prosser and Sean Miller has served me well and has prepared me for the challenge ahead. I have enjoyed being a part of our recent success and I am even more excited about Xavier's potential for the future as we continue to solidify ourselves as one of the elite programs in all of college basketball."