Mark Montgomery

Mark Montgomery (born April 1, 1970)

Current position: Head men’s basketball coach
Current team: Detroit Mercy Titans
Current conference: Horizon League
Northern Illinois record: 124-170 (.422)
Detroit Mercy record: 0-0 (.000)
Overall record: 124-170 (.422)

Career Accomplishments:

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2024-present Detroit Mercy
2021-2024 Michigan State (recruiting)
2021 Detroit Mercy (asst)
2011-2021 Northern Illinois
2007-2011 Michigan State (assoc. HC)
2002-2007 Michigan State (asst)
1997-2002 Central Michigan (asst)

Mark Montgomery Facts

  • Mark Allen Montgomery
  • Born April 1, 1970
  • Hometown: Inkster, Michigan
  • Alma Mater: Michigan State University (BA, 1992)
  • Played at Michigan State under legendary head coach Jud Heathcote, earning All-Big Ten third team honors as a senior in 1992
    • Spent several years playing professional basketball in Europe before returning to the States to start a coaching career
  • Spent five seasons as an assistant coach at Central Michigan under Jay Smith
    • Tenure at CMU included a dramatic worst-to-first turnaround, winning just six games in 1999-00 and then winning the MAC a year later at 20-8
  • Returned to his alma mater Michigan State in 2002 as an assistant coach to new Spartans’ head man Tom Izzo
  • Hired as the head coach at Northern Illinois in March 2011, taking over a struggling Huskies program
    • After some additional down years, NIU won 20 games in 2015-16 and appeared in the inaugural Vegas 16 Tournament
    • Fired in January 2021 after a 1-7 start to the season; Montgomery went 124-170 in nine and a half years at the helm
  • Montgomery then joined Mike Davis‘ staff at Detroit Mercy as an assistant coach for the remainder of the 2020-21 season
  • Returned to East Lansing again in 2021 to become Izzo‘s recruiting coordinator; part of three more NCAA Tournaments with MSU
  • Hired in April 2024 to be the new head coach at Detroit Mercy in the Horizon League

Mark Montgomery Coaching Tree

  • Lamar Chapman (Northern Illinois)