Chris Mack hired as new head coach at College of Charleston

Chris Mack has been officially announced as the new head coach at Charleston. The former Xavier and Louisville head coach will replace his former assistant Pat Kelsey, who left CofC after a successful three-year run to take over at Louisville himself.

“We are excited to add Chris, his wife Christie, and their children to the College of Charleston family.  Charleston men’s basketball has a tradition of competitive excellence spanning well over five decades,” said AD Matt Roberts. “When looking for our next leader, we focused on attracting an individual that is a proven winner and shares our vision of championship basketball.  Chris Mack will undoubtedly continue the high-level of success that our students, alumni, donors, and community deserve.”

Mack is 283-134 overall as head coach and has been off the sidelines the last couple years following a buyout from Louisville. During his time at Xavier, he ran a high level program that was in the NCAA Tournament nearly every year and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen four times. Mack led the Musketeers to two Atlantic 10 titles and then later won the 2018 Big East title after moving to the larger league.

“I can’t tell you how excited I am to be the next men’s basketball head coach at the College of Charleston. “I’m more motivated than any coach in the country, and Cougar Nation is going to get my absolute best,” said Mack. “Thank you to President Hsu and Matt Roberts The excitement for me was felt in the very first phone call. I’m humbled and honored to be your coach.”

The Cougars are coming off back-to-back CAA regular season and Tournament titles, earning NCAA Tournament bids both years. The 2022-23 squad finished with 31 wins, tied for fourth-most in the entire country.


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