Utah Valley hires Lakers assistant Madsen as coach

Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Mark Madsen has been hired as the new head coach at Utah Valley, the school announced Sunday following multiple reports earlier in the day.

Madsen, 43, replaces Mark Pope, who was hired at BYU after leading the Wolverines to a 25-10 season in 2018-19.

"Mark Madsen has reached the pinnacle of his sport as an NBA champion -- not once, but twice," Utah Valley president Astrid S. Tuminez said in a statement. "He knows what it takes to succeed in basketball and in life."

Madsen played nine seasons in the NBA from 2000-09, three in Los Angeles with the Lakers and the final six with the Minnesota Timberwolves. He won NBA championships in each of his first two seasons.

"Utah Valley University is an amazing institution, and I'm excited to be the new head coach at the largest and fastest-growing school in the state of Utah," Madsen said in the same statement. "I love the mission that President Tuminez has put forth for the university, and I am excited to be a part of it. I can't wait to get to work and start helping our players achieve their goals."

Madsen's bench experience includes serving as an assistant coach for the Lakers for two seasons under Byron Scott (2014-16) and three under Luke Walton (2016-19). He was also head coach of the Lakers' G League team for a season and an assistant coach at his alma mater Stanford in 2012-13.

Utah Valley competes in the Western Athletic Conference.

--Field Level Media