Montgomery Named California's Head Men's Basketball Coach
April 5, 2008
BERKELEY - Mike Montgomery, a four-time Pacific-10 Conference Coach of the Year and John R. Wooden 'Legends of Coaching' Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, has been named head men's basketball coach at California, Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour announced Saturday.
'I'm excited that the University of California has secured someone with Mike's character, professional reputation and a proven track record of winning at the collegiate level,' Barbour said. 'Throughout his 28 years as a head coach, Coach Montgomery has established that he understands what it takes to develop a basketball program that will compete consistently with the nation's top teams. I'm confident that we will all enjoy working with Mike and being a part of the process of elevating Cal to the forefront of the Pac-10 Conference and the national scene.'
Montgomery posted a 393-167 record (.702) and collected 16 postseason appearances in his 18 seasons as head coach at Stanford from 1986-04. The winningest coach in Stanford men's basketball history led the Cardinal to 12 NCAA Tournament bids, four NIT selections, four regular-season Pac-10 titles and the 2004 Pac-10 Tournament crown.
In 25 of 26 seasons, including all eight campaigns at Montana, Montgomery's teams posted winning records.
Following the 2003-04 season, Montgomery left Stanford to become the head coach of the NBA's Golden State Warriors, where he compiled a 68-96 record in two seasons.
Since leaving the Warriors, Montgomery has served as an assistant to Stanford athletic director Bob Bowlsby.
During Montgomery's career, Stanford registered at least 30 wins three times 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 his guidance, including each of his last 10 seasons.
Stanford advanced to the NCAA Tournament during Montgomery's final 10 seasons, highlighted by a trip to the 1998 NCAA Final Four in San Antonio, Texas. The third-seeded Cardinal finished the season with a 30-5 record after losing to second-seeded Kentucky, 86-85, in the NCAA semifinals.
While coaching on The Farm, Montgomery garnered an assortment of honors, including the prestigious John R. Wooden 'Legends of Coaching' Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004. The Long Beach, Calif., native also was twice tabbed Basketball Times National Coach of the Year (2000, 2004) and four times was honored as the Pac-10 Coach of the Year (1999, 2000, 2003, 2004).
As the winner of the John R. Wooden 'Legends of Coaching' Lifetime Achievement Award, Montgomery followed Dean Smith of North Carolina (1999), Mike Krzyzewski of Duke (2000), Lute Olsen of Arizona (2001), Denny Crum of Louisville (2002) and Roy Williams of Kansas (2003). The award recognizes the lifetime achievement of coaches who exemplify Coach Wooden's high standards of coaching success and personal accolades. When selecting the individual, the Wooden Award Committee considers character, coaching philosophy, graduation rate of student-athletes, success on the court, and identification with the goals of the John R. Wooden Award. Three athletes under Montgomery's tutelage have been named Wooden All-Americans (Todd Lichti in 1989, Mark Madsen in 2000 and Casey Jacobsen in 2001).
While Stanford advanced to the 1998 NCAA Final Four, 2000-01 is also recognized as one of the best seasons in Cardinal history. Montgomery directed the Cardinal to a 31-3 record, a third straight Pac-10 title and to the NCAA Elite Eight. Thirteen Pac-10 and school records were tied or broken, including wins (31) and scoring average (83.2 ppg). The Cardinal led the nation in field goal percentage (51.1%) and ranked in the top eight in the country in six statistical categories.
In Montgomery's third season in 1988-89, his team posted a 26-7 record and became the first Stanford team to advance to the NCAA Tournament since the Cardinal won the 1942 NCAA championship. A season earlier, Montgomery piloted the Cardinal to a 21-12 mark and an NIT invitation to become the first Stanford men's basketball team in 46 years to reach postseason play.
Montgomery's expertise helped eight Stanford players move on to NBA careers as first-round draft choices. The list includes Curtis Borchardt, Jarron Collins, Jason Collins, Adam Keefe, Brevin Knight, Todd Lichti, Mark Madsen and Casey Jacobsen.
Before helping Stanford's ascent on the national stage, Montgomery posted a 154-77 record (.667) in eight seasons as head coach at Montana. He was an assistant coach for the Grizzlies for two years before moving into the head role.
Over his last four campaigns in Missoula, Mont., Montgomery produced four consecutive 20-win seasons in the Big Sky Conference. His teams averaged 19 wins per year, never had a losing season and earned two NIT selections.
While at Montana, the university had four players drafted by the NBA - John Schroeder, Derrick Pope, Marc Glass and Larry Krystkowiak.
Montgomery has also been an assistant coach at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Colorado State, the Citadel and Florida.
Montgomery's proven track record caught the attention of USA Basketball. He served as an assistant coach for the United States at the 2002 World Basketball Championships. In 1996, Montgomery was named head coach of the USA Men's 22-and-Under Select team and that year was selected the USA Basketball Developmental Coach of the Year and the USOC Basketball Developmental Coach of the Year.
In 1968, Montgomery earned his bachelor's of arts in physical education at Long Beach State and went on to receive a master's degree in physical education from Colorado State in 1976. In 2002, Montgomery was named to the Long Beach State Hall of Fame.
Montgomery and his wife, Sarah, have two grown children, John and Anne. The family currently resides in Menlo Park, Calif.
The 15th head men's basketball coach in California history, Montgomery replaces Ben Braun, who was relieved of his Cal coaching duties March 26 after recording a 219-154 (.587) record in 12 seasons in Berkeley. The Golden Bears are scheduled to return four starters from last year's 17-win, NIT participant, pending a decision by Pac-10 scoring leader Ryan Anderson, who declared himself eligible for the NBA Draft on Thursday, but will not hire an agent and could return.