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Cal Basketball Announces New Head Coaching Hire

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LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 08: A school flag is waved as California Golden Bears cheerleaders perform during the team's first-round game of the Pac-12 Basketball Tournament against the Oregon State Beavers at T-Mobile Arena on March 8, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. California won 67-62. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Cal's men's basketball program officially has a new head coach, announcing the program's new leader today.

The Golden Bears announced on social media that they've hired former Georgia head coach Mark Fox.

"Mark Fox is a man of unparalleled integrity with a proven record of success as a head basketball coach," athletic director Jim Knowlton said. "He is an inspiring leader, a teacher and an exceptional communicator who has displayed a strong commitment to developing the entire student-athlete on the court and off the court. We had an exceptional pool of candidates, and through the entire process, one person clearly rose to the top. I am excited to welcome Mark to the Cal family and look forward to him leading Cal men's basketball program to new heights. We want our teams to be exceptional, and I firmly believe that Mark is the person to lead us there."

"Cindy and I are extremely excited to join the Cal family and lead the basketball program," Fox said.

"The academic excellence of the University of California combined with the vision and leadership of Jim Knowlton offer an amazing opportunity. I appreciate Chancellor Christ and Jim's belief and trust in me to lead this proud program forward. Early in my coaching career, I had the privilege to spend time with coach Pete Newell. It will be my honor to lead the Bears on the court gracing his name. The lineage of greatness of the Pac-12 offers a tremendous platform for Cal basketball. Cindy and our family are ready to lead these young men in the pursuit of excellence both on and off the court."

Fox, 50, was Georgia's head coach 2009-18, leading the Bulldogs to two NCAA Tournaments.

The former UGA head coach previously led Nevada's program, going 123-43 in five seasons with the Wolf Pack.