Xavier eighth-year head coach Chris Mack was selected as the 2015-16 USBWA Henry Iba National Coach of the Year. CBS Sports and Basketball Times magazine also bestowed their National Coach of the Year honors on Mack. Mack was named as the BIG EAST Conference Coach of the Year by CBS Sports and Bleacher Report.
Mack, who has led Xavier to its highest national poll rankings in school history and best-ever highest NCAA Tournament seed, has recorded a 162-77 (.678) mark over seven years and stands second on Xavier’s all-time wins list.
Mack, 46, has led Xavier to the NCAA Tournament in six of his seven seasons at the helm, including the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 in 2010, 2012 and 2015. He is the only Xavier head coach that has led XU to three Sweet 16s and he has more NCAA Tournament wins (7) than any XU head coach. Mack is very familiar with postseason tournament play. In fact, 2016 marked the 17th NCAA Tournament for Mack, including three as a player and 14 on the coaching staffs at Xavier and Wake Forest.