Mark Pope

Mark Pope (born September 11, 1972)

Current position: Head men’s basketball coach
Current team: Kentucky Wildcats
Current conference: Southeastern Conference (SEC)
Utah Valley record: 77-56 (.579)
BYU record: 110-52 (.679)
Kentucky record: 0-0 (.000)
Overall record: 187-108 (.634)

Career Accomplishments:

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2024-present Kentucky
2019-2024 BYU
2015-2019 Utah Valley
2011-2015 BYU (asst)
2010-2011 Wake Forest (asst)
2009-2010 Georgia (asst)

Mark Pope Facts

  • Mark Edward Pope
  • Born September 11, 1972
  • Hometown: Bellevue, Washington
  • Alma Mater: University of Kentucky (BA, 1996)
  • Started playing career at Washington, playing two seasons for head coach Lynn Nance, before transferring to Kentucky in 1993
    • After sitting out a year, Pope played his final two seasons under Rick Pitino; was captain of the 1996 NCAA title team
    • Drafted in second round of the 1996 NBA Draft by the Indiana Pacers; played in six seasons in the NBA as well in Turkey
      • Played in the NBA for the Pacers (1997-99), Bucks (2000-02) and Nuggets (2003-05) with the Bucks and Denver Nuggets
  • Started medical school at Columbia in 2006 after retiring from playing, but left in 2009 to start his coaching career
  • Spent one year as an assistant under Mark Fox at Georgia and then one year under Jeff Bzdelik at Wake Forest
  • Joined Dave Rose‘s staff at BYU in 2011, working an as assistant with the Cougars for four seasons
  • Hired in March 2015 to be the new head coach at Utah Valley
    • Led the Wolverines to the CBI three times in his four years at UVU
  • Left in April 2018 to return to BYU as the Cougars’ new head coach
    • Won 20+ games in each of his first three seasons, leading the program back to the NCAA Tournament in 2021
    • Returned to the NCAA Tournament in 2024 after the team’s first season in the Big 12
  • In April 2024, Pope was hired as the new head coach at alma mater Kentucky on a five-year deal
  • Along with his wife, Lee Anne, has four daughters; wife’s father was the late Lynn Archibald, head coach at Utah for six seasons

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