Xavier head coach Chris Mack has been named the 2015-16 Henry Iba Coach of the Year by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. The award is named after the former Oklahoma State coach who spent 36 years in Stillwater and won 653 games and two national titles.
And Mack is more than deserving of the award this season. His Musketeers weren’t even in the AP’s Preseason Top 25, and are now ranked No. 5 nationally with the Big East Tournament set to begin today. Xavier went 26-4 (14-4 Big East) and won games against major programs in Michigan, Cincinnati, Providence and even Villanova.
It was just another successful year for Mack, who first served as an assistant at Xavier from 1999-2001 under Skip Prosser and also served under Sean Miller from 2004-2009. He was then promoted to head coach when Miller left for Arizona and has gone 160-74 since, making five (soon to be six) NCAA Tournaments and three Sweet Sixteens.
Xavier can almost certainly look forward to a lengthy tournament run this year, and all thanks to Chris Mack.
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