When BYU hired UVU men’s basketball coach Mark Pope to take over its vacant head coaching job earlier in the week, the word was that the Wolverines would move quickly.

UVU did just that, only needing four days to announce its own hiring.

The school announced Sunday morning that the Wolverines would introduce former Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Mark Madsen on Monday as the new head basketball coach.

“Utah Valley University is an amazing institution, and I’m excited to be the new head coach at the largest and fastest-growing school in the state of Utah,” Madsen said in the press release. “I love the mission that President (Astrid) Tuminez has put forth for the university, and I am excited to be a part of it. I can’t wait to get to work and start helping our players achieve their goals.”

The announcement confirmed reports from ESPN earlier Sunday morning on the hiring.

Madsen brings impressive basketball experience to the school as he was a successful college and professional player as well as being in coaching for the last decade.

That time included a two-year stint as an assistant coach for the Utah Flash in 2009-10, which played at the UCCU Center in Orem.

Tuminez was also quoted in the press release as she endorsed the new hire.

“Mark Madsen has reached the pinnacle of his sport as an NBA champion — not once, but twice. He knows what it takes to succeed in basketball and in life,” Tuminez said in the release. “Off the court, Coach Madsen earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and an MBA before launching an extensive coaching career. With his strengths and experience, he will inspire our student-athletes in and out of competition, and will help us build even stronger relationships with our broader UVU community.”

The Wolverines are coming off a 25-win season under Pope’s direction with a large majority of the team slated to return. Members of the previous UVU coaching staff were considered top candidates to take over the program but the school elected to go in a different direction with the selection of Madsen.

The new coach was reportedly meeting with the Wolverine players on Sunday before having his first press conference in his new role on Monday.

Here is the complete press release from UVU:

“Two-time NBA champion, former Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach, and former Stanford University basketball star Mark Madsen will officially be named the men’s basketball head coach at Utah Valley University on Monday, becoming just the third coach for men’s basketball in UVU’s 16-year Division I history.

“‘Mark Madsen has reached the pinnacle of his sport as an NBA champion — not once, but twice. He knows what it takes to succeed in basketball and in life,’ said Astrid S. Tuminez, president of UVU. ‘Off the court, Coach Madsen earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and an MBA before launching an extensive coaching career. With his strengths and experience, he will inspire our student-athletes in and out of competition, and will help us build even stronger relationships with our broader UVU community.’

“Madsen will take over the Utah Valley program after serving the past six seasons as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers. He was a two-time NBA champion as a player with the Lakers (2001 and 2002), and he played for the Minnesota Timberwolves for six seasons.

“‘Utah Valley University is an amazing institution, and I’m excited to be the new head coach at the largest and fastest-growing school in the state of Utah,’ said Madsen. ‘I love the mission that President Tuminez has put forth for the university, and I am excited to be a part of it. I can’t wait to get to work and start helping our players achieve their goals.’

“Following his playing career, Madsen served as an assistant coach during the 2009-10 season with the Utah Flash of the NBA G League before returning to his alma mater, Stanford University, where he earned an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2012. That same year, he was named an assistant coach at Stanford on Johnny Dawkins’ staff and spent the 2012-13 season working in recruiting, opponent game planning, and player skill development.

“Madsen spent four years as a player at Stanford (1996-2000), where he earned All-American honors in each of his final two seasons while helping the Cardinals to four NCAA Tournament appearances, including the 1998 Final Four. He gained the nickname ‘Mad Dog’ while at Stanford for his aggressive style of play. The nickname stayed with him throughout his NBA career. Madsen averaged 10.9 points and 7.0 rebounds per game during his four seasons with the Cardinals. He ranks fourth all-time in field goal percentage (58.7) and sixth in rebounds (857). During his time at Stanford, the team compiled an impressive 105-24 overall record.

“‘Mark Madsen embodies the mission and vision that we strive for here at UVU. He’s hungry and filled with passion. Coach Madsen will work tirelessly to help his players achieve their dreams,’ said Dr. Jared Sumsion, interim athletic director.

“A native of Danville, Calif., Madsen earned his undergraduate degree in economics in 2000. He graduated from San Ramon Valley High School and served a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Spain. He and his wife, Hannah, have one son, William.”

Daily Herald sports reporter Jared Lloyd can be reached at 801-344-2555 or jlloyd@heraldextra.com. Twitter: @JaredrLloyd. Instagram: @JaredrLloyd.

Jared is the BYU football reporter for the Daily Herald.

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