Mark Slonaker

Mark Slonaker (born February 14, 1957)

Teams coached: Georgia State Panthers, Mercer Bears
Georgia State record: 1-24 (.040)
Mercer record: 128-189 (.404)
Overall record^: 129-213 (.377)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1997-2008 Mercer
1995-1997 Pensacola JC
1989-1995 Georgia (asst)
1985-1989 Georgia State (asst)
1984-1985 Georgia State (interim HC)
1983-1984 Georgia State (asst)

Mark Slonaker Facts

  • Mark Slonaker
  • Born February 14, 1957
  • Hometown: Rahway, New Jersey
  • Alma Mater: University of Georgia (BA, 1980) / Georgia State University (MA, 1989)
  • After graduating from Rahway HS (NJ), Slonaker played four seasons at Georgia under head coach Hugh Durham
  • Started his coaching career in 1980, spending three seasons as the head coach at The Lovett School in Atlanta
  • In 1983, Slonaker joined Tom Pugliese’s staff at Georgia State as an assistant coach
    • Named interim head coach three games into the 1984-85 season, struggling through a 1-24 (0-14) campaign
    • Stayed at GSU as an assistant under new head coach Bob Reinhart for the next four years, also earning a master’s degree from the school
  • Returned to his alma mater Georgia in 1989, spending six seasons as an assistant under his former head coach Durham
  • Spent two seasons as the head coach at Pensacola JC (FL) before returning to Division I in 1997
  • Was the head coach at Mercer for eleven seasons, going 128-189 during that time
  • Worked as a color commentator on the radio for Georgia Bulldogs men’s basketball games from 2009-2015
    • Also served as the Executive Director of the Georgia Bulldog Club from 2011-2015
    • Since 2015, Slonaker has been the Executive Director of Athletics Alumni Relations at UGA

Mark Slonaker Coaching Tree

  • Jeremy Luther (Gardner-Webb, Armstrong Atlantic, Newberry)
  • Travis Williams (Tennessee State)


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the NCAA Division I level only