Chris Mack, an Xavier alum, has been an assistant for five years at the Atlantic 10 Conference program, all of Sean Miller's term at the school. Miller left last week to take the head coaching job at Arizona.
Mack's bio on the XU website quotes Miller:
- "Chris is ready to become a head coach. He has a great basketball mind and is an excellent recruiter. Additionally, his background as a former Xavier player gives him a great perspective in relating to our current players. Having played here and been a part of very successful teams, championship level teams, it goes without saying he is somebody that is a part of the Xavier family.
"His experience as a coach at Wake Forest University where he was a part of an ACC Championship is invaluable to our staff and players. Chris has a gift at being able to both coach and relate to our players. He has done what they are attempting to do - win championships and graduate from Xavier."
The 39-year old's college playing career began at Evansville, where he was a starter as a freshman and sophomore. He transferred after his second year at UE and was Xavier's team captain in 1991-92 and 1992-93. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in communication arts in 1992. Mack played at St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Mack played for Athletes in Action in 1993 and in Europe in 1994. Mack, who was born in Cleveland, Ohio, got his first coaching job at Cincinnati's Mount Notre Dame High School from 1995-1999.
He moved to the college ranks as XU's Director of Basketball Operations from 1999-2001, then spent three seasons as an assistant to the late Skip Prosser, a former XU head coach, at Wake Forest, before returning "home."