OREM — There’s little question Utah Valley University’s men’s basketball program is on the rise and carries a positive vibe, with that momentum continuing Monday with the introduction of Mark Madsen as its new head coach.

A large and enthusiastic crowd of administrators, family, boosters and fans gathered at the NUVI Center Monday morning as Madsen spoke passionately regarding his new task at hand.

“I could not be more excited to be here,” Madsen said at the beginning of his comments, which ushered in the first of several ovations. “… It’s an honor to be named as the head coach at UVU.”

Madsen comes to Utah Valley after spending six years as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers. As a player, Madsen played for the Lakers from 2000-03, where he was part of two championship teams, and for the Minnesota Timberwolves from 2003-09. He played collegiately at Stanford, where he helped lead the Cardinal to four NCAA Tournaments and a Final Four berth in 1998.

Madsen spoke of his experiences both as a player and a coach throughout the press conference, relating meaningful interactions he’s enjoyed with people such as former Stanford coach Mike Montgomery to former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal. He …read more

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