Mark Montgomery Named Northern Illinois Men’s Basketball Coach
Michigan State Associate Head Coach Brings Midwest Mindset, Top-Level Experience
DeKALB, Ill. – Mark Montgomery, who has spent the last 10 seasons at his alma mater, Michigan State University, including the last four as associate head coach, was introduced as Northern Illinois University’s 27th head basketball coach Thursday by NIU Associate Vice-President and Director of Athletics Jeff Compher.
Montgomery, a Michigan native who also has experience in the Mid-American Conference in four seasons as an assistant coach at Central Michigan, has made 10 straight trips to the NCAA Tournament and three Final Four appearances with the Spartans since joining Tom Izzo’s staff in 2001. He helped coach 26 All-Big Ten players at Michigan State and six players that went on to be selected in the National Basketball Association Draft, while on the bench for 235 MSU wins – an average of 23.5 victories per season.
In 2010, Montgomery was named one of the top five high-major assistant coaches in the country by FoxSports.com, while Rivals.com put him on its list of “10 Assistant Coaches Ready to Move Up.” In addition, FoxSports.com national college basketball writer Jeff Goodman named Montgomery the top assistant coach in the Big Ten Conference based on a poll of league coaches.
Compher was thrilled to bring a coach of Montgomery’s caliber and pedigree to Northern Illinois.
“I am so pleased that we were able to attract a coach with the experience and character of Coach Montgomery,” Compher said. “For the last 10 years, he has worked under one of the finest coaches in the business in Tom Izzo, for one of the best and most successful programs in the country at Michigan State. His 14 years of experience and his knowledge of the MAC and the Midwest make him a great fit for NIU. I have learned that his work ethic is real and his ability to relate to the recruits and players is genuine.”
Northern Illinois President Dr. John Peters offered his endorsement of the Huskies’ newest head coach after meeting with Montgomery during the search process.