Mark Montgomery is in his ninth season as an assistant basketball coach at Michigan State in 2009-10, and his third as associate head coach, having been promoted to the position in May 2007.
Montgomery is instrumental in the development of the perimeter players, passing on the knowledge that helped make him an all-conference selection during his time at MSU. He also assists with scouting and coordinates recruiting, helping assemble a top-five recruiting class in 2007. Recently, Jeff Goodman of FoxSports.com named him one of 10 assistant coaches ready to "make the jump and run their own program." He also made Goodman's list of the top 20 High-Major Assistants in the nation and was named to Rivals.com's list of "10 Assistant Coaches Ready To Move Up."
In his eight seasons, perimeter players Maurice Ager, Alan Anderson, Shannon Brown, Chris Hill, Kalin Lucas, Raymar Morgan, Drew Neitzel, Marcus Taylor, Kelvin Torbert and Travis Walton have earned all-conference recognition in some format. The Spartans have also appeared in eight NCAA Tournaments, including a trip to the Final Four in 2005 and 2009 and the Elite Eight in 2003 during his tenure.
Montgomery returned to his alma mater prior to the 2001-02 season after four years as an assistant coach at Central Michigan. He joined the Central Michigan coaching staff in 1997-98 and helped direct a turnaround in the Chippewa program. In 2000-01, CMU posted a 20-8 record and captured the fifth Mid-American Conference regular-season championship in school history and first since 1987. Central's 20-win season was only the second since 1976, and just the third winning season since 1980. By capturing the 2001 conference championship after a 2000 record of 6-23 (2-16 MAC), CMU became the first team in MAC history to go from last place one season to first the next.
An Inkster, Mich., native, Montgomery was a four-year letterwinner at Michigan State University from 1988-92. A 1992 third-team All-Big Ten selection, Montgomery ended his career as the then-career leader in games played at MSU (126). A four-year starter for the Spartans, he was part of the 1990 Big Ten Championship team, three NCAA Tournament teams and an NIT Final Four. Montgomery ranks fourth on the career assists chart (561) after leading the team in assists as a junior (169) and senior (190). He also ranks third on the MSU career steals list (168).
Montgomery averaged 5.3 points and 4.5 assists in his four years as a Spartan. In 1992, he averaged 7.0 points and 6.3 assists as a senior co-captain, leading his team to a 22-8 mark and the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Following his playing days at Michigan State, Montgomery played four years of professional basketball in Europe. He averaged more than 25 points a game during his career in Germany, Lithuania and Sweden.
While at Michigan State, he was a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. Montgomery received his bachelor's degree in food industry management from Michigan State. His family includes his wife Alexandra.