‘Mad Dog’ returns

MARK MADSEN, one of the most iconic and inspirational basketball players in Cardinal history, is coming back to the Farm as an assistant coach, JOHNNY DAWKINS, head coach, announced Tuesday.

During his four years as a player at Stanford, Madsen earned All-America honors in each of his final two seasons while helping lead the Cardinal to four NCAA Tournament appearances, including the 1998 Final Four. A nine-year NBA veteran, Madsen spent six seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves following a three-year stint with the Los Angeles Lakers, in which he contributed to the franchise’s 2001 and 2002 NBA championships.

“I’m really excited to have Mark join our staff and return to the Stanford basketball program,” said Dawkins. “Mark’s energy and enthusiasm is infectious and his experience at Stanford will provide an invaluable resource to our team. I have no doubt that our student-athletes will benefit greatly from working with Mark on a daily basis.”

Known back in the day as “Mad Dog” for his signature physical and aggressive style of play, Madsen, now 36, has spent the last two years on campus, completing coursework toward his MBA at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

“I am very grateful to Coach Dawkins and Stanford University for the opportunity to join the basketball staff and work with such a highly talented group of student-athletes,” said Madsen, who accompanied the Cardinal on its preseason trip to Spain last September. “I feel extremely fortunate to represent an institution that has meant so much to me, both personally and professionally. I’m excited to get started and look forward to contributing immediately as our program builds on last year’s success.”

Read the full announcement on gostanford.com.