Aug. 30, 2007
Mike Montgomery, Stanford's all-time winningest coach in men's basketball history, is returning to The Farm on a part-time basis as Assistant to the Athletic Director. Montgomery, who guided the Cardinal men's basketball program for 18 years, begins his new post on September 4. His duties will include fund raising and public relations while also serving as a mentor to Stanford's coaching staff.
"I am really excited to be back at Stanford," said Montgomery. "After 18 years as a coach at Stanford, I think I have a real good feel for the people and the core mission of the Athletic Department and the University. I appreciate the opportunity provided to me by Bob Bowlsby."
Montgomery led Stanford to 16 postseason appearances (12 NCAA, 4 NIT), four regular season Pac-10 titles, a 2004 Pac-10 Tournament crown, an appearance in the 1998 Final Four and a record of 393-167 (.702) during his 18 seasons from 1986-2004. He left Stanford following the 2004 campaign to take over the head coaching position with the Golden State Warriors.
"Mike Montgomery will be a tremendous asset to our program in a number of ways," said Bob Bowlsby, the Jaquish & Kenninger Director of Athletics at Stanford. "His wealth of knowledge and experience as an 18-year coach at Stanford University is something from which the entire Athletic Department will benefit. He will make a positive contribution to our program in the areas of fund raising and public relations and our coaches will benefit from his expertise."
Montgomery earned numerous coaching honors during his tenure with the Cardinal, including the prestigious John R. Wooden "Legends of Coaching" Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004. He was also the Basketball Times National Coach of Year twice (2000, '04) and the Pac-10 Coach of the Year on four occasions (1999, 2000, '03, '04).
Stanford reached the 30-win plateau three times during his tenure with a school record 31 victories during the 2000-01 season and 30 wins in both 1997-98 and 2003-04. The Cardinal reached the 20-win mark on 13 occasions under Montgomery, including each of his last 10 seasons.