Madsen returns to Stanford as assistant coach

“Mad Dog” is back.

Mark Madsen was recently hired by Stanford basketball coach Johnny Dawkins to be an assistant coach for the Cardinal. Madsen is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As a young man, he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout and later served a two-year mission in Spain.

Deseret News Archives / Mark Madsen has been hired as an assistant coach for the Stanford basketball team.

“He has had great experiences, a terrific career in college and in the NBA. He did a stint in the D-League as an assistant coach,” Dawkins recently told ESPN’s Andy Katz. “He comes in with experience.”

In his article, Katz recounts Madsen’s accomplishments and accolades, including his college and NBA career. The former Stanford all-American has been working on his MBA the past two years in Palo Alto and the timing seemed to fit. At some point down the road, Madsen says he would love to be a head coach.

“I wanted to come back and be around this campus. I hope I can come in and chip in and do my part. I’m excited to be with Johnny and his whole staff, recruiting, X’s and O’s and every element of building an elite program,” Madsen told Katz. “I want to learn from them and share my unique inside aspect of playing at Stanford and the NBA.”

Tom FitzGerald of the San Francisco Chronicle also wrote about Madsen returning to this alma mater. The Stanford Daily also announced the move.

Deseret News Archives / Madsen, right, was an assistant for the NBADL's Utah Flash in 2010.

Madsen is one of more than 65 Latter-day Saint athletes to serve a mission. He describes how his membership in the church has blessed his life in this 2010 Mormon Times article.


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