Full name: Mark Fredrick Gottfried
Date Hired at Alabama: March 25, 1998
Title: Head Men's Basketball Coach
Hometown: Mobile, Alabama
Birthdate/city: January 20, 1964; Crestline, Ohio
Family: Son of Joe and Mary Gottfried of Mobile; Joe is the Director of Athletics at the University of South Alabama and is a former college and high school coach; has a sister, Christy. Married the former Elizabeth Kozel of Birmingham on August 20, 1988 (Elizabeth, a UA grad, is a marathon runner who has competed in Boston Marathon). Five children; sons: Brandon, born 6-23-91; Cameron, born 7-5-95; Aaron, born 9-25-96; and Dillon, born 10-24-97. One daughter, Mary Layson, born 10-5-92.
High School: Graduated from Mobile's UMS-Wright Prep in 1982; played there one season 21.6 ppg/11.2 rpg); National Honor Society; Inducted into UMS-Wright's Hall of Fame; 2004 UMS Alumnus of the Year; also attended Carterville High School in Carterville, Illinois (14 ppg/4 apg); Carbondale High School in Carbondale, Illinois (16 ppg/6 apg)
Prep career highlights: All-state; named "National Sleeper of the Year" by Midwest Basketball; team captain; averaged 21.6 points and 11.2 assists his senior year, leading UMS-Wright to a 27-3 record; career-highs of 30 points, 16 assists and 7 steals against Alba High School his senior year
College: Bachelor of Arts & Sciences (Communications), the University of Alabama, 1987; Attended Oral Roberts University on a basketball scholarship his freshman season, 1982-83, before transferring to Alabama; UCLA graduate school two years.
Collegiate career highlights: Academic All-SEC; 1986 Bryant Award Winner ( top UA scholar-athlete); starter for Alabama's 1987 SEC regular season and SEC tournament champs; UA advanced to NCAA "Sweet 16" all three seasons he played, 1985-86-87; averaged 10.3 points his senior season in 1987; set the Alabama school record for single game 3-point shots made with 8 against Vanderbilt on 1-10-87 and for career 3-point field goal percentage (.485, 81-167) in 1987; started 98 consecutive games; college teammates included NBA players Derrick McKey (Indiana Pacers), Keith Askins (Miami Heat), Michael Ansley (Orlando, Philadelphia & Charlotte), his Bama roommate Jim Farmer (Dallas Mavericks), and Buck Johnson (Houston Rockets); at Oral Roberts, he was a Freshman All-America and averaged 8.1 ppg, leading the team in assists with 93 and ¬contributing 30 steals; his assist led to a buzzer-beating basket to lift ORU over Kansas; UA's Hayden Riley Top Scholar Award winner in 1987
Post-College Play: 1987, drafted, 7th round by the Detroit Pistons; Toured internationally with Athletes in Action as a player in 1987-88 and later returned in 1989 to coach a summer tour in Poland and Greece with a team that finished 10-3
Head Coach: 1995-97 (3 seasons), Murray State University; 68-24 record. Breakdown: 19-10 in 1996; 20-10 in 1997 and 29-4 in 1998. Murray State advanced to the NCAA tournament in 1997 and again in 1998 and made the NIT in his first season there in 1996; He was first OVC coach to win three OVC titles in only three seasons; Gottfried coached Racers to three Ohio Valley Conference Championships, all three years he was there.
Previous Coaching Experience: Assistant Coach: 1987-95 (8 seasons), UCLA (to Jim Harrick); 1995 NCAA Champions; Coach & recruiter for the Bruins who in 1994 were ranked 1st nationally for their recruiting class; Coached NBA players Ed O'Bannon (New Jersey Nets), George Zidek (Charlotte Hornets), Tyus Edney (Sacramento Kings), Don MacLean (Philadelphia 76ers), Tracy McMurray (Washington Bullets), Jerome "Pooh" Richardson (LA Clippers), Trevor Wilson (LA Lakers), Darrick Martin (LA Clippers) and Mitchell Butler (Portland Trailblazers).