Los Angeles D-Fenders Name Mark Madsen as Head Coach
EL SEGUNDO – The Los Angeles D-Fenders have named Mark Madsen as head coach, it was announced today by team President/CEO Joey Buss and General Manager Glenn Carraro.
Madsen, the fifth head coach in team history, comes to the D-Fenders after serving as an assistant coach for the Stanford University men’s basketball program in 22012-13. A nine-year NBA veteran, Madsen was a member of the Los Angeles Lakers for three seasons, helping the franchise capture two consecutive championships in 2001 and 2002 on the back end of a three-peat. Madsen also brings a year of NBA Development League coaching experience to the D-Fenders, working as an assistant with the Utah Flash in 2009-10 where he helped lead the team to a 28-22 record and a playoff berth.
“We are very pleased to announce Mark Madsen as the newest head coach of the D-Fenders,” said Buss. “Mark understands the emphasis we place on developing intelligent and skilled players who can contribute important minutes with the Lakers and in the NBA. We are confident that Mark’s experience in the NBA will help us reach our goals, further establishing the D-Fenders as a franchise known for producing top NBA talent while competing at a championship level.”
Selected in the 2000 NBA Draft (1st round, 29th overall) out of Stanford, Madsen appeared in 453 career NBA games with the Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves, averaging 2.2 points and 2.6 rebounds in 11.8 minutes. A 6’9” forward, Madsen also played in 49 career NBA playoff games, averaging 1.7 points and 2.0 rebounds in 9.2 minutes.
“Mark has exhibited all the qualities necessary to excel as a head coach, and we are certain he will help the D-Fenders reach new heights on the basketball court,” said Carraro. “He has proven to be the ultimate team player, winning multiple titles with the Lakers early in his career after great success as a leader in college. We are thrilled to have him on the sidelines for the D-Fenders and believe his basketball mind will help our players develop into meaningful contributors for the Lakers and the NBA.”
Prior to turning pro, Madsen enjoyed much success with the Stanford Cardinal, averaging 10.9 points and 7.9 rebounds over four seasons. By the end of his collegiate career, Madsen ranked among the school’s top-10 all-time performers in field goal percentage (fourth – 58.7 FG%) and rebounds (sixth – 857 rebounds). Additionally, Madsen helped the Cardinal compile a 105-24 record (.814 winning percentage) and reach the NCAA Tournament in four consecutive seasons, including a Final Four berth in 1998.
Receiving national recognition in his junior and senior campaigns, Madsen netted two All-Pac-10 selections (1999, 2000), picked up two All-American NABC honors (1999 Third Team, 2000 Second Team) and received an Associated Press Third Team All-American nod (2000). Furthermore, Madsen was chosen to the John R. Wooden Award team following his senior season.
A native of Danville, Calif., Madsen also owns international basketball experience, helping the United States to a gold medal at the World University Games (1999) before securing a roster spot in the 2001 Goodwill Games.
An equally accomplished member of the academic community, Madsen attained his MBA from Stanford in Public Management in June 2012 after earning his bachelor’s degree in economics in 2000. As an undergraduate, Madsen excelled as a student-athlete and was honored as a CoSIDA First Team All-American as a senior. Moreover, a two-time Pac-10 All-Academic First Team selection as well as an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient, Madsen was appointed to the executive council of the NABC Student Basketball Council, which is organized to address issues affecting NCAA student-athletes.
*An introductory press conference for Madsen will be held this Tuesday, May 14 at 12 pm at Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo. Media members who cover the Lakers on a regular basis can gain access with their 2012-13 Lakers season credentials.