PROVO — Sources familiar with the BYU basketball head coaching job search have confirmed that Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Mark Madsen has interviewed for the vacant position.
Madsen received permission from the Lakers organization to sit down with BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe and senior associate athletic director Brian Santiago, who oversees the basketball program. According to Deseret News sources, the meeting took place in Los Angeles last weekend.
BYU officials are seeking a replacement for Dave Rose, who announced his retirement last week in Provo after a successful 14-year run as head coach of the program.
Madsen, who grew up in Walnut Creek, California, enjoyed a stellar career at Stanford (1996-2000), where his team achieved a No. 1 ranking. After his Stanford career ended, Lakers general manager Jerry West made Madsen a first-round pick in 2000 NBA draft. As a Laker, Madsen earned two world championship rings playing alongside Shaquille O’Neal.
Madsen also played for the Minnesota Timberwolves and later joined Johnny Dawkins' coaching staff at Stanford before accepting a job with the Lakers under coach Mike D’Antoni and general manager Mitch Kupchak.
Madsen had offers to coach with the Houston Rockets and Kevin McHale, as well as with the Golden State Warriors, but honored a series of Lakers contracts to remain with the organization.
The nine-year NBA veteran was recruited by BYU, Utah and Stanford out of high school and has lived in Provo off and on with his parents, Duane and Erlyn. He is married to the former Hannah Harkness, whose parents Wallace and Annette live a few blocks from Madsen’s parents near the Riverbottoms residential area between Provo and Orem.
Madsen’s candidacy to become a BYU employee includes an impressive list of famous NBA types who are expected to either write electronic letters of recommendation or lend their names as references to BYU’s administration, a requirement of the job posting that closes April 9. That list includes O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, McHale and Phil Jackson.
Sources said Madsen is passionate about coaching at BYU and returning to Utah County to be closer to family.