Mike Montgomery Resigns At Stanford; Named Head Coach Of Golden State Warriors
May 21, 2004
Stanford, Calif. - Mike Montgomery announced his resignation as the men's basketball head coach at Stanford after 18 seasons on Friday and was named the new head coach of the NBA's Golden State Warriors. Montgomery is the winningest coach in Stanford history and his success with the Cardinal included 16 postseason appearances (12 NCAA, 4 NIT), four regular season Pac-10 titles, a 2004 Pac-10 Tournament crown and a record of 393-167 (.702).
'Stanford University provided me and my family with an unbelievable opportunity 18 years ago and the time we spent here has been phenomenal,' commented Montgomery. 'I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the top student-athletes in the nation, the best coaching staff in the country and the top overall athletic program. I want to thank Ted Leland for his leadership and friendship, the University administration for their support of the men's basketball program, all the great coaches and staff members in the Stanford Athletic Department, the Sixth Man Club and our student body, without whom we would have not had the success we had. I am excited about the opportunity with the Warriors and I look forward to the challenges, but there are many people, and many things I will miss about Stanford.'
'Mike Montgomery has been a tremendous coach, mentor, teacher and ambassador of Stanford University for the past 18 years,' added Stanford Director of Athletics Ted Leland. 'His record of success speaks for itself. We will miss him as a member of our athletic department staff, for his leadership, sense of humor, character and integrity, but he knows he will always be a part of the Stanford family. We wish him and his family all the best in their new venture with the Golden State Warriors.'
Stanford's trips to the NCAA Tournament under his leadership came in the 1989, '92, '95, '96, '97, '98, '99, 2000, '01, '02, '03 and '04 campaigns. The Cardinal made its deepest NCAA postseason run with an appearance at the 1998 NCAA Final Four in San Antonio, Texas.
Stanford received bids to the National Invitational Tournament in 1985, '86, '88, '90, '91 and '94. The Cardinal won the 1991 NIT in New York.
The 57-year-old Montgomery earned numerous coaching honors during his tenure with the Cardinal, including the prestigious John R. Wooden 'Legends of Coaching' Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004. He was also the Basketball Times National Coach of Year twice (2000, '04) and the Pac-10 Coach of the Year on four occasions (1999, 2000, '03, '04).
Stanford reached the 30-win plateau three times during his tenure with a school record 31 victories during the 2000-01 season and 30 wins in both 1997-98 and 2003-04. The Cardinal reached the 20-win mark on 13 occasions under Montgomery, including each of his last 10 seasons.
He led Stanford its first ever No. 1 national ranking on December 20, 1999, and the Cardinal was ranked No. 1 in the polls at some point during the 1999-2000, 2000-01 and 2003-04 campaigns.
In 2003-04, Montgomery guided Stanford to a 30-2 record as the Cardinal went undefeated in its first 26 games before losing at Washington in the final regular season contest of the campaign. The regular season Pac-10 winners also captured their first conference tournament crown and an NCAA Tournament game before being upset by Alabama in the second round of the NCAA's. Stanford's 26-game win streak to open the season was the longest in the Pac-10 since Oregon State also won 26 in a row during the 1980-81 campaign.
Montgomery directed the Cardinal to a 31-3 record and a Pacific-10 Conference title in 2000-01 on its way to an NCAA Tournament Elite Eight appearance. Stanford opened the season with a 20-0 record.In 1999-2000, Montgomery and the Cardinal won a co-Pac-10 title and finished with a 27-4 mark.Montgomery also had a memorable 1998-99 season, leading Stanford to its first Pac-10 championship since 1962-63 as the team notched a 26-7 record despite playing nine opponents ranked in the Top 25.
Stanford reached the premier event in college basketball in 1997-98 when Montgomery led the Cardinal to its first NCAA Final Four appearance since 1941-42 and only the second in school history. Stanford lost a heartbreaking 86-85 overtime game to eventual national champion Kentucky in the national semifinals and finished the season with a 30-5 record.
Montgomery's club won the NIT title in the 1990-91 campaign, concluding a five-game postseason win streak with a 78-72 victory over Oklahoma at Madison Square Garden.
The 1998-99 squad posted a 26-7 record and became the first Stanford team to advance to the NCAA Tournament since the 1942 NCAA championship club. A season earlier, Montgomery piloted the Cardinal to a 21-12 record and an NIT invitation to become the first Stanford team in 46 years to reach postseason play.
Eight of Montgomery's players at Stanford - Curtis Borchardt, Jarron Collins, Jason Collins, Adam Keefe, Brevin Knight, Todd Lichti, Mark Madsen and Casey Jacobsen -- have played in the NBA and were first round draft choices. Another Cardinal player, Andrew Vlahov, was a top professional player in Australia and a member of that country's Olympic team.
Under Montgomery's leadership, attendance and enthusiasm reached a fever pitch at Maples Pavilion, which is currently undergoing a $30 million renovation, as Stanford routinely played before soldout crowds during his tenure.
'Mike Montgomery has been a great coach at Stanford University and a great member of the campus community,' said Stanford Provost John Etchemendy. 'We appreciate his service to the University and his commitment to his players as scholar-athletes. We truly wish him the best and will be rooting for his success.'
Montgomery posted 25 winning seasons, took his teams to the postseason 18 times and compiled an overall record of 547-244 (.692) in 26 campaigns as a collegiate head coach, which included a previous eight-year stint and a 154-77 (.657) mark at Montana from 1978-86. His last two Montana teams competed in the NIT, while his last four clubs at the school were 20-game winners. During Montgomery's time at Montana, the Grizzlies had four players - John Stroeder, Derrick Pope, Marc Glass and Larry Krystkowiak -- drafted by the NBA.
Montgomery also served as an assistant coach at Montana (1976-78), Boise State (1973-76), Florida (1972-73), The Citadel (1971-72), Colorado State (1970-71) and the Coast Guard Academy (1969-70).In 2002, Montgomery served as an assistant coach for the United States at the World Basketball Championships. Montgomery was the head coach of the 1996 USA Men's 22-and-Under Select team and previously served USA Basketball as an assistant coach for the 1994 Men's Junior World Championship Qualifying Team. Prior to that, he coached the Pacific-10 Conference All-Star team that toured Holland and Belgium in 1991.
Montgomery is a native of Long Beach and a 1968 graduate of Cal State Long Beach, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in physical education and became a member of the school's Hall of Fame in 2002. He continued his education at Colorado State, receiving his Masters degree in physical education (1976).
Montgomery was born on February 27, 1947. He and his wife, Sarah, have two children, John, age 21, and Anne, age 18. The family resides in Menlo Park.