Mark Madsen’s Bio
Mark Madsen is currently serving as a Assistant Coach for the LA Lakers. Madsen initially returned to Los Angeles in July 2013 after having accepted the head coaching position of the Lakers minor League team, the LA Defenders. Madsen was a two time All American at Stanford University and returned there again in 2010 and completed a full time MBA in July of 2012.
After being introduced by Joey Buss and Glenn Carraro as the D-League (Developmental League) team head coach, Madsen was promoted one month later to join the Lakers staff as a full time player development assistant coach. He served under Mike D’Antoni for one season in that capacity. After Madsen joined the Lakers Staff, Mike D’Antoni commented publicly on the new hire: “Mark has endless energy and is a workaholic. He’s developed players at the college level and I think he’ll do a great job making the jump to the NBA.”
One year later, newly signed Coach Byron Scott asked Madsen to stay on as full time assistant coach. Some of Coach Madsen’s duties under Byron Scott include: Analytic analysis of Lakers and opponents, player development, working with post players, and scouting a group of other NBA teams.
Madsen spent one year at Stanford University as an assistant coach for head coach Jonny Dawkins during which time he helped in recruiting, game preparation, and player mentorship.
During his time in Minnesota, Madsen was asked by Kevin Garnett to serve as the player representative to the NBA and to NBA Players union. Madsen remained in that capacity during the following three seasons as voted upon unanimously by his teammates. During his brief time serving as assistant coach for the Lakers he has earned the respect of his fellow coaches and Lakers players.