After leading Georgia to 21 wins and an NCAA tournament berth in his second season at the helm (2010-11), Georgia head coach Mark Fox missed out on postseason play two consecutive years before reaching the Postseason NIT in 2013-14. Things got even better for the Bulldogs this past season, as they navigated numerous injuries on their way to 21 wins and the program’s first NCAA tournament berth since 2011.
As a result Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity rewarded Fox with a contract extension through the 2019-20 season, and the extension was approved by the UGA Athletics Association Board of Directors on Thursday.
“Six years ago I envisioned that together we could heal and build a great basketball program at the University of Georgia,” Fox said in the release announcing the extension. “The collective efforts of many people now allow us to praise our team on the court, in the classroom, and in our community. This pride, along with the passion of the Dawg Nation, provide great energy as we strive to achieve even higher levels of success.
“I am grateful for the continued support from our board, Greg, and President [Jere] Morehead. It is an honor to work each day with people that share the same values and commitment.”
While the Bulldogs have to account for the loss of two key interior players in Marcus Thornton and Nemanja Djurisic, they’ve got some talent returning to Athens on the perimeter. Charles Mann, J.J. Frazier and Kenny Gaines all return, and in the front court promising forward Yante Maten will be a sophomore.
Georgia adds four players to the program this summer, including guard Will Jackson and wing E’Torrion Wilridge.