Ex-Stanford coach Montgomery is heading to Hall of Fame


Mike Montgomery, the winningest men's basketball coach in Stanford history, will be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, the group announced on Tuesday morning.

Montgomery is joined in the 2016 induction class by DePaul's Mark Aguirre, Kansas State's Bob Boozer, Illinois State's Doug Collins, La Salle's Lionel Simmons, UCLA's Jamaal Wilkes, Georgia's Dominque Wilkins, and fellow coaching legend Hugh Durham. The 11th enshrinement ceremony will take place on Friday, Nov. 18, at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland in Kansas City.

"This is a great honor to be recognized for a job well done over a lifetime of work," Montgomery said on his induction. "I am really honored and pleased to be included among such a special group. I was fortunate enough to get an opportunity at Stanford and work for an outstanding institution with a great tradition. I was also very fortunate to work with great assistant coaches, and great players throughout my career."

The coaching icon retired in 2014 after 32 stellar years as a collegiate head coach. He ranked 25th among men's basketball coaches in NCAA history in collegiate victories with 677 at the time of his retirement.

The third-winningest coach in Pac-12 Conference history with 282 league wins, Montgomery posted 31 winning seasons in 32 years as a collegiate head coach. He registered a school-record 393 wins with a 70.2 winning percentage (393-167) in 18 seasons as the head coach at Stanford from 1987-2004.

"We are starting our second decade of inductions with another outstanding class," said Reggie Minton, deputy executive director of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and chair of the Hall of Fame selection panel. "The men selected as players include some great all-around athletes who helped lead their teams to championships in the NCAA, Olympic Games and the NBA. The two coaches in this year's class both established tremendous success and helped define the benchmark in our profession."

Montgomery was a four-time Pac-10 Coach of the Year (1999, 2000, 2003 and 2004), capturing four conference regular-season titles along with the 2004 Pac-10 Tournament crown.

Montgomery directed the Cardinal to its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 47 years in just his third season at Stanford in 1989.

He led his 1998 squad to the Final Four and posted a school-record 31 victories in 2001. Montgomery was honored as the Naismith College Coach of the Year in 2000.

In 2004, Montgomery was the recipient of the prestigious John R. Wooden Legends of Coaching Lifetime Achievement Award.

Montgomery, who also enjoyed successful coaching tenures at Montana (1979-86) and California (2009-14), directed the Golden Bears to postseason appearances during each of his six seasons at the school.

Overall, Montgomery guided his programs to 24 postseason appearances as a collegiate head coach, including 16 NCAA Tournaments (12 NCAA appearances at Stanford).

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.

— Stanford Athletics

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Posted by colombo
a resident of Jordan Middle School
on Mar 22, 2016 at 10:25 am

I remember watching Coach Montgomery coach Stanford as a young adult and was just in awe of how he got his guys to play so hard and smart at the same time! His kids were so mentally tough and whenever Arizona came to town it was the biggest thing happening in the Bay Area that weekend. His kids always got on the floor for loose balls, took charges, and just flat out hustled and beat much more talented teams., it was always DEFENSE FIRST!!!

When his kids set a pick on offense the opposing player knew it and felt it! Just really great and old school basketball. He always, always got the most out of his players!

It was a honor to watch Coach Montgomery get the most out of his kids year in and year out!!!

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Posted by old school
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 22, 2016 at 3:35 pm

Montgomery reminds me of a certain coach at Jordan. Can't quite remember his name.........

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