Mark Pope Height, Age, Net Worth

Quick Info Mark Pope :

NameMark Edward Pope
NickNameMark Pope
Date of BirthSeptember 11, 1972
Age (2024)52 Years
NationalityUnited States
HomeTownOmaha, Nebraska
Height6ft 10in
ProfessionAmerican college basketball coach
EducationUniversity of Kentucky, Newport High School, 
Columbia University, University of Washington
SpouseLee Anne
Team CoachedKentucky Wildcats men’s basketball (Head coach, since 2024)
Net Worth25-30 Million USD

Who is Mark Pope ?

Mark Edward Pope, born on September 11, 1972, is a prominent figure in the realm of American college basketball. Currently serving as the head coach at the University of Kentucky, Pope boasts a rich history both as a player and a coach. Graduating from the University of Kentucky himself, Pope was an integral part of the Wildcats’ 1996 NCAA championship team, showcasing his talent and dedication to the sport early on.

Mark Pope
Mark Pope

Pope’s journey in basketball began at Newport High School in Bellevue, Washington, where he honed his skills before transitioning to collegiate-level play. He commenced his college career at the University of Washington, where he earned accolades such as the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year title. However, his path led him to his alma mater, the University of Kentucky, where he made significant contributions to the Wildcats’ success, winning two SEC championships and playing a pivotal role in the team’s NCAA championship victory in 1996.

Following his illustrious collegiate career, Pope ventured into the NBA, playing for esteemed teams like the Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks, and Denver Nuggets. His professional journey spanned six seasons before he shifted his focus to coaching.

Facts about Mark Pope :

  • Mark Pope’s birthday is September 11, 1972.
  • He played high school basketball at Newport High School in Washington.
  • In college, he initially played for the Washington Huskies.
  • As a freshman at Washington, he earned Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honors.
  • He transferred to the University of Kentucky after two years at Washington.
  • Pope was part of Kentucky’s NCAA championship team in 1996.
  • Drafted by the Indiana Pacers in the second round of the 1996 NBA draft.
  • Played in the NBA for six seasons with three teams: Pacers, Bucks, and Nuggets.
  • His professional basketball career ended in 2005.
Mark Pope
Mark Pope
  • Briefly enrolled in medical school at Columbia University after retiring from basketball.
  • Began his coaching career as director of basketball operations at the University of Georgia in 2009.
  • Served as an assistant coach at Wake Forest under Jeff Bzdelik in 2010-2011.
  • From 2011 to 2015, he was an assistant coach at BYU under Dave Rose.
  • Became the head coach at Utah Valley University in 2015.
  • Led Utah Valley to three straight postseason appearances during his four-year tenure.
  • Hired as BYU’s head coach in 2019, replacing Dave Rose.
  • Achieved the most wins by a BYU first-year coach in his debut season (2019-2020).
  • Coached BYU to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2015 in 2021.
  • Became the head coach of the University of Kentucky in April 2024.
  • Mark Pope is married to Lee Anne, daughter of former college basketball coach Lynn Archibald.

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