Montgomery calls it a career as a head hoops coach


Former Stanford head coach and longtime Menlo Park resident Mike Montgomery, one of college basketball's all-time winningest coaches, has announced his retirement as head men's basketball coach at the University of California.

Montgomery, who directed the Golden Bears' program to postseason appearances during each of his six seasons at the school, enjoyed a storied career that spanned more than four decades and also included head coaching stints at rival Stanford, Montana and with the Golden State Warriors.

"It's with a great deal of pride that I retire as a basketball coach," Montgomery said. "I have enjoyed 45 years coaching the game I love while developing long-lasting friendships along the way. This is a decision that was not made lightly. This is the right time for me to move on to the next phase of my life. I want to thank my colleagues in the coaching profession and the student-athletes I've had the opportunity to coach and mentor. It has been an incredible journey and now I look forward to devoting more time to my family and visiting the countless friends I have met during my career.

"The six years I have spent at Cal have been some of the greatest in my career and I want to thank Sandy (Barbour, Director of Athletics) and the administration for their outstanding support," he continued. "This is a great program and Cal Basketball is positioned for success for many years to come. The success I have enjoyed here would not be possible without the unconditional support from everyone I have been fortunate enough to work with throughout my coaching career."

Under Montgomery's tutelage, the Cal men's basketball program enjoyed its winningest six-year stretch in school history with 130 victories during his tenure as head coach. He completed his career as the school's third-winningest coach with a 130-73 record (.640) and in 2010, guided the Bears to their first conference regular-season championship in 50 years.

"It's been a dream come true to work for my dad the past six years!" said Cal assistant coach John Montgomery. "I will forever cherish the opportunity and never forget the memories."

Since Montgomery was hired, Cal is the only team to finish in the top-four of the conference standings each of the past six seasons and the team's 69 league victories during this stretch make it the third-winningest program in the Pac-12 during this period. In addition, Montgomery led the Golden Bears to four NCAA Tournament berths and a pair of National Invitation Tournament appearances, becoming the only coach in school history to guide Cal to six consecutive postseason berths.

"Mike has been outstanding in his six years at the helm of our men's basketball program," Barbour said. "In addition to being one of the greatest to ever coach the game, he has been an amazing leader, educator and mentor to our student-athletes and all of the young men he has coached. Mike is a coaching icon and has made this one of the most competitive programs in the conference and in the country. We are thankful for all he has done to elevate this program during his tenure."

UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks also spoke highly of the impact the veteran head coach made on campus.

"With a strong, consistent commitment to the success of his student athletes on and off the court, Mike was the quintessential Cal coach," Dirks said. "We wish him the very best, and on behalf of the university I want to thank Mike for the contributions he made to Cal Athletics and the Berkeley campus as a whole."

In 32 seasons as a collegiate head coach, Montgomery had 677 career victories and exits the game as the 25th-winningest head men's basketball coach with at least 10 years of experience at the Division I level in NCAA history. He ranks third on the Pac-12's all-time victories list behind Arizona's Lute Olsen and UCLA's John Wooden with 282 league wins between his time at both Cal and Stanford. Montgomery enjoyed 31 winning seasons in his 32 years as a collegiate head coach.

The coaching icon closes his storied career with a 677-316 (.682) record at the college level. In his 18 years at Stanford, he boasted a 393-167 mark (.702) between 1987-2004, including a school-record 31 victories during the 2000-01 season. Prior to his successful stint in Palo Alto, Montgomery went 154-76 (.670) in eight seasons at Montana.

Said former Stanford standout Casey Jacobsen: "I honestly thought he would coach forever. He was the best TEAM basketball coach I've ever had."

Montgomery's 24 total postseason appearances as a collegiate coach include 16 NCAA Tournaments. He developed and mentored 43 All-Pac-12 players, 31 first- or second-team Pac-12 all-academic selections and coached eight first-round NBA Draft picks. Montgomery posted three 30-win seasons and 22, 20-win campaigns.

A four-time Pac-10 Coach of the Year (1999, 2000, 2003 and 2004) at Stanford, Montgomery totaled 16 postseason appearances (12 NCAA, 4 NIT) with the Cardinal, claimed four regular-season Pac-10 titles, the 2004 Pac-10 Tournament crown and reached the 1998 Final Four.

Following the 2003-04 season, Montgomery left Stanford to become the head coach of the NBA's Golden State Warriors, where he compiled a 68-96 record in two seasons.

Montgomery garnered several honors throughout his career, including the prestigious John R. Wooden "Legends of Coaching" Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004. The Long Beach native was tabbed the Sports Illustrated National Coach of the Year in 2000 and the Naismith and Basketball Times Coach of the Year in 2004.

Montgomery was a member of several USA Basketball national teams as a coach. He served as an assistant at the 2002 World Basketball Championships, and, in 1996, was named head coach of the USA Men's 22-and-Under Select team. That year, Montgomery was chosen as the USA Basketball Developmental Coach of the Year and the USOC Basketball Developmental Coach of the Year.

A 1968 graduate of Long Beach State, Montgomery began his coaching career as an assistant coach at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Colorado State, the Citadel, Florida and Boise State. He earned his master's degree at Colorado State in 1976.


Year                  Overall   Pct.            Conf.   Pct.       Finish   Postseason

At Montana

1978-79             14-13    .519              7-7    .500        T-4th            

1979-80             17-11    .607              8-6    .571        3rd               

1980-81               19-9    .679            11-3    .786        T-2nd           

1981-82             17-10    .630            10-4    .714        2nd              

1982-83               21-7    .750              9-5    .643        T-3rd            

1983-84               23-7    .767              9-5    .643        2nd              

1984-85               22-8    .733            10-4    .714        2nd         NIT 1st Round            

1985-86             21-11    .656              9-5    .643        2nd         NIT 1st Round            

Totals               154-76    .670          73-39    .652

At Stanford

1986-87             15-13    .536              9-9    .500        6th               

1987-88             21-12    .636            11-7    .611        4th          NIT 2nd Round           

1988-89               26-7    .788            15-3    .833        2nd         NCAA 1st Round         

1989-90             18-12    .600              9-9    .500        6th          NIT 1st Round            

1990-91             20-13    .606            8-10    .444        T-5th       NIT Champions           

1991-92             18-11    .621            10-8    .556        4th          NCAA 1st Round         

1992-93               7-23    .233            2-16    .111        10th             

1993-94             17-11    .607            10-8    .556        T-4th       NIT 1st Round            

1994-95               20-9    .690            10-8    .556        T-5th       NCAA 2nd Round        

1995-96               21-8    .724            13-5    .722        3rd          NCAA 2nd Round        

1996-97               22-8    .733            12-6    .667        T-2nd      NCAA Sweet 16           

1997-98               30-5    .857            15-3    .833        2nd         NCAA Final Four          

1998-99 *            26-7    .788            15-3    .833        1st          NCAA 2nd Round        

1999-00 *            27-4    .871            15-3    .833        T-1st       NCAA 2nd Round        

2000-01               31-3    .912            16-2    .889        1st          NCAA Elite Eight         

2001-02             20-10    .667            12-6    .667        T-2nd      NCAA 2nd Round        

2002-03 *            24-9    .727            14-4    .778        2nd         NCAA 2nd Round        

2003-04 *            30-2    .938            17-1    .944        1st          NCAA 2nd Round        

Totals            393-167    .702     213-111    .657

At California

2008-09             22-11    .667            11-7    .611        T-3rd       NCAA 1st Round         

2009-10             24-11    .686            13-5    .722        1st          NCAA 2nd Round        

2010-11             18-15    .545            10-8    .556        T-4th       NIT 2nd Round           

2011-12             24-10    .727            13-5    .722        T-2nd      NCAA 1st Round         

2012-13             21-12    .636            12-6    .667        T-2nd      NCAA 3rd Round         

2013-14             21-14    .600            10-8    .556        T-3rd       NIT Quarterfinals

Totals               130-73    .640          69-39    .639

Career            677-316    .682     355-189    .653

* denotes Pac-10 Coach of the Year

— Cal Athletics


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