Spring 2011

Macon to stay on as head coach



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JONATHAN COHEN
Mark Macon

It’s official: Men’s basketball head coach Mark Macon has dropped the word “interim” from his title. In February he signed a contract extension through the 2013–14 season, removing any doubt about the leadership of the program over the next few years.

Macon, a three-time collegiate All-American at Temple University who went on to play six seasons in the NBA, was praised for providing stability to the men’s basketball program during the past two seasons.

“We have been very pleased with the leadership, stability and integrity that Mark has brought to the program as head coach,” Jim Norris, interim director of athletics, said at the time of the announcement. “Mark and his staff have worked very hard to build the type of program that our department, our campus and our community want and expect. Above all, Mark has demonstrated a full commitment to the education of our young men and to their roles as students within the larger structure of our University and also as role models and ambassadors in our community. We are very fortunate to have Mark in a leadership role at this important time for our basketball program.”

“The University is proud to have Mark become the head coach,” said Interim President, C. Peter Magrath. “He is extremely dedicated to this university and our athletics department. Mark will provide exceptional leadership to our student-athletes and coaching staff.”

Macon took over as head coach in 2009 when coach Kevin Broadus was placed on administrative leave.