Mike Montgomery

This article is about the basketball coach. For other uses, see Mike Montgomery (disambiguation).
Mike Montgomery

Montgomery in May 2009
Sport(s) Basketball
Biographical details
Born (1947-02-27) February 27, 1947
Long Beach, California
Alma mater Long Beach State, B.A.
Colorado State, M.Ed.
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1969–1970 Coast Guard Academy (asst.)
1970–1971 Colorado State (asst.)
1971–1972 The Citadel (asst.)
1972–1973 Florida (asst.)
1973–1976 Boise State (asst.)
1976–1978 Montana (asst.)
1978–1986 Montana
1986–2004 Stanford
2004–2006 Golden State Warriors
2008–2014 California
Head coaching record
Overall 677–317 (.681)
Accomplishments and honors
NIT championship (1991)
Pac-10 regular season championship (1999–2001, 2004, 2010)
Pac-10 Tournament championship (2004)
Naismith College Coach of the Year (2000)
John R. Wooden "Legends of Coaching" Lifetime Achievement Award (2004)
Pac-10 Coach of the Year (1999, 2000, 2003, 2004)
College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2016

Michael John Montgomery (born February 27, 1947) is a retired American college basketball head coach, most recently at California of the Pac-12 Conference for six seasons. He is best-known as the head coach at Stanford for 18 seasons, from 1986 to 2004, where he succeeded Tom Davis. Before that, Montgomery was at the University of Montana for ten seasons, the last eight as head coach.[1] He also led the Golden State Warriors of the NBA for two seasons, from 2004 to 2006.

Early years

Born and raised in Long Beach, California, Montgomery graduated from its Millikan High School and attended Long Beach State. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in physical education from Long Beach State and later a Master's degree in physical education from Colorado State University in Fort Collins. Montgomery is an alumni member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, which he joined while at Long Beach State.

College coaching career

Montgomery compiled a 547–244 (.692) overall record in 18 years at Stanford (1986–2004) and eight seasons at Montana (1978–1986). He boasts 25 winning seasons in his 26 years as a head coach at both Stanford and Montana. Montgomery's Stanford teams reached the NCAA tournament ten straight times from 1995 to 2004. Stanford reached the Final Four under Montgomery in 1998, the school's first Final Four appearance in 56 years. He made his third appearance along the USA Basketball sidelines in 2002 when he was named an assistant under George Karl for the US national team in the 2002 FIBA World Championship.[2]

Prior to being named head coach at Montana in 1978, he was an assistant for the Griz in Missoula for two seasons under new head coach Jim Brandenburg, who succeeded hall of famer Jud Heathcote in 1976. Brandenburg left after two season for Wyoming in 1978 and Montgomery was promoted.[1] At Montana, Montgomery coached future NBA players Micheal Ray Richardson and Larry Krystkowiak. Prior to Montana, Montgomery was an assistant for three years at Boise State under Bus Connor, and had previously been an assistant for a season each at four different schools.

In 2000, Montgomery was named the Naismith and Basketball Times Coach of the Year. He was also named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year four times. Following his career at Stanford, he was awarded the John R. Wooden Legends of Coaching Lifetime Achievement Award.

NBA coaching career

Montgomery left Stanford to become the head coach of the Golden State Warriors on May 21, 2004. He coached the Warriors for two seasons, during each of which the team compiled identical 34-48 records. Montgomery was terminated as Warriors coach on August 29, 2006.


On August 30, 2007, Stanford University announced that Montgomery was returning to the university as Assistant to the Athletic Director on a part-time basis. According to the announcement, "his duties will include fund raising and public relations while also serving as a mentor to Stanford's coaching staff."[3]

On April 4, 2008, Montgomery was named the head coach of the California men's basketball program.[4] In his first season the Golden Bears went 22–10 and made it to the NCAA Tournament, where they lost in the first round to Maryland.

On February 27, 2010, Cal defeated Arizona State, 62–46, to clinch at least a tie for the Pacific-10 Conference championship, the first for the school since 1960. On March 6, the Bears defeated Montgomery's former team, Stanford, 71–61, to clinch an undisputed conference championship. Cal was defeated by Washington in the finals of the Pac-10 Tournament, but received a bid to the NCAA Tournament, where they were seeded 8th in the South Region. The Bears advanced to the second round, where they were defeated by eventual National Champion Duke.

On March 31, 2014, Montgomery announced his retirement from California.[5]


In October 2011, Montgomery revealed that he had recently been diagnosed and treated for bladder cancer. After a surgical procedure was performed, Montgomery declared himself "cancer-free.[6]

On February 18, 2013, Coach Montgomery was reprimanded by the Pac-12 Conference for shoving one of his players in the chest during a game against USC. The conference did not announce what punishment Montgomery received for his actions, although he was not suspended. Commissioner Larry Scott commented, "While emotions can run high in competitive environments, Pac-12 coaches are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that will reflect credit on the institution and the conference."[7]

Montgomery and his wife Sara have two adult children; son John is an assistant coach at Hawaii.[8]

Head coaching record

Montgomery huddles with his players in December 2008


Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win-loss %
Post season PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win-loss %
Team Year G W L WL% Finish PG PW PL PWL% Result
Golden State 2004–05 823448.4155th in Pacific Missed playoffs
Golden State 2005–06 823448.4155th in Pacific Missed playoffs
Career 1646896.415


Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Montana (Big Sky Conference) (1977–1986)
1978–79 Montana 14–13 7–7 T–4th
1979–80 Montana 17–11 8–6 3rd
1980–81 Montana 19–9 11–3 2nd
1981–82 Montana 17–10 10–4 2nd
1982–83 Montana 21–8 9–5 3rd
1983–84 Montana 23–7 9–5 2nd
1984–85 Montana 22–8 10–4 2nd NIT First Round
1985–86 Montana 21–11 9–5 T–1st
Montana: 154–77 (.667) 73–39 (.652)
Stanford (Pacific-10 Conference) (1986–2004)
1986–87 Stanford 15–13 9–9 6th
1987–88 Stanford 21–12 11–7 4th NIT Second Round
1988–89 Stanford 26–7 15–3 2nd NCAA First Round
1989–90 Stanford 18–12 9–9 6th NIT First Round
1990–91 Stanford 20–13 8–10 5th NIT Champions
1991–92 Stanford 18–11 10–8 4th NCAA First Round
1992–93 Stanford 7–23 2–16 10th
1993–94 Stanford 17–11 10–8 5th NIT First Round
1994–95 Stanford 20–9 10–8 5th NCAA Second Round
1995–96 Stanford 21–8 12–6 3rd NCAA Second Round
1996–97 Stanford 22–8 12–6 T–2nd NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1997–98 Stanford 30–5 15–3 2nd NCAA Final Four
1998–99 Stanford 26–7 15–3 1st NCAA Second Round
1999–00 Stanford 27–4 15–3 T–1st NCAA Second Round
2000–01 Stanford 31–3 16–2 1st NCAA Elite Eight
2001–02 Stanford 20–10 12–6 T–2nd NCAA Second Round
2002–03 Stanford 24–9 14–4 2nd NCAA Second Round
2003–04 Stanford 30–2 17–1 1st NCAA Second Round
Stanford: 393–167 (.702) 212–112 (.654)
California (Pacific-10/Pac-12 Conference) (2008–2014)
2008–09 California 22–11 11–7 T–3rd NCAA First Round
2009–10 California 24–11 13–5 1st NCAA Second Round
2010–11 California 18–15 10–8 T–4th NIT Second Round
2011–12 California 24–10 13–5 T–2nd NCAA First Round
2012–13 California 21–12 12–6 T–2nd NCAA Third Round
2013–14 California 21–14 10–8 T–3rd NIT Quarterfinals
California: 130–73 (.640) 69–39 (.639)
Total: 677–317 (.681)[9]

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

See also


  1. 1 2 "Montana hoop coach takes Stanford post". Ellensburg Daily Record. Washington. UPI. April 26, 1986. p. 7.
  2. 2002 USA Basketball
  3. "Mike Montgomery Returning to Stanford as Assistant to the Athletic Director" (Press release). Stanford University. 2007-08-30. Retrieved 2007-08-31. 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.
  4. Associated Press It was a controversial choice, as Cal and Stanford are longtime rivals. "Ex-Stanford coach Montgomery headed to rival Cal". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2008-04-04.
  5. http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/eye-on-college-basketball/24509062/cal-coach-mike-montgomery-retiring
  6. Associated Press. "Mike Montgomery had bladder surgery". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2011-10-28.
  7. "Pac-12 reprimands California coach Mike Montgomery for shoving player". USA Today. February 18, 2013.
  8. "John Montgomery". University of Hawaii Athletics. Retrieved March 18, 2016.
  9. "Mike Montgomery Coaching Record - College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com". Retrieved March 16, 2014.
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