A quick bit of basketball news tonight:
Mark Fox has completed his first UGA staff by hiring three people from his past for support personnel positions. The hires: Kent Davison, who coached Fox in the late 1980s at Garden City Community College in Kansas, as director of basketball operations; Mark Pope, who played at the University of Washington when Fox was an assistant there, as operations coordinator; and Todd Okeson, who was recruited by Fox to play at Nevada, as graduate assistant.
The hires, announced Tuesday, follow Fox’s earlier naming of three assistant coaches.
Davison’s long coaching career includes stints as head coach of three NBA Developmental League teams and, most recently, as coach of the Qatar national team. Fox played for Davison at Garden City CC before transferring to Eastern New Mexico. Davison was a Garden City assistant when Fox was there and later became head coach.
Pope played two seasons at Washington, where Fox was beginning his coaching career, before transferring to Kentucky. Pope was on the Wildcats’ 1996 NCAA championship team, averaging 7.6 points and 5.2 rebounds per game, and later played professionally in Turkey and in the NBA.
Okeson played on the Nevada team that reached the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2004. Fox was associate head coach at the time.