Mack Departs X For Louisville
The all-time winningest head coach in Xavier basketball history, Chris Mack, accepted the head coaching position at the University of Louisville on Tuesday. Mack, who was a two-time captain as a player for the Musketeers, has been at the helm for X for the past nine seasons. This past season, Mack surpassed Xavier Hall of Fame coach, Pete Gillen, with the most wins in school history as he directed the team to a BIG EAST regular season championship, No. 1 seed in the BIG EAST Tournament, No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and No. 3 in the final AP-Top 25 poll. Mack finishes his head coaching career at Xavier with 215 wins.
“I want to thank Chris Mack for his exceptional work with the Xavier basketball program over the last 14 years, including the last nine years as our head coach. We wish Chris the best of luck as he attacks a new challenge," Xavier Athletic Director Greg Christopher said in a statement.
"Yes, there is disappointment today as we say goodbye to a coach and a friend but the level of excitement about our future is at a high level. We will conduct a national search to find our new men’s basketball head coach,” Christopher added.
Among the many coaches rumored as candidates for the job to replace Mack includes Xavier Associate Head Coach, Travis Steele. Steele has been the top assistant coach for Mack for the last nine years. He has received an outpouring of support on social media from many current and former players; he's widely viewed as the top choice to replace Mack and maintain continuity of success for Xavier.
Said Christopher: “We met with our current student-athletes and understandably it is a very emotional time for them. I have assured them that we will find the best person to continue the progress of our program. My door is open to them. Our first priority is to these young men and using the support staff that we have to help them in the transition. I will reach out to the incoming class as well.”
Following the reports of Mack leaving Xavier, he took to Twitter to thank Xavier Nation for all of its support through the years.