Dec. 28, 2010
With tonight's 74-56 victory over Hartford, California's Mike Montgomery reached a career milestone, becoming the seventh active NCAA head coach to reach 600 Division I wins. Montgomery's overall record now stands at 600-271 (.688), which includes stops at Montana, Stanford and Cal.
In his two plus years at the helm of the Golden Bear program, Montgomery has led Cal to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances, including the program's first conference championship in 50 years last season. He owns a 53-27 mark with the Bears.
When Cal beat UC Davis on Dec. 1, Montgomery recorded his 50th victory in his 74th game at the school - faster than any coach at Cal since Nibs Price won 50 of his first 60 games from 1924-25 through the start of the 1928-29 season.
Last year, Montgomery directed the Bears to a 24-11 overall record and the Pac-10 title. Cal clinched the outright crown with a 71-61 triumph at Stanford on the final day of the regular season. The Bears then advanced to the Pac-10 Tournament championship game for just the second time and defeated Louisville, 77-62, in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. Guard Jerome Randle was voted Pac-10 Player of the Year and became Cal's leading scorer, finishing with 1,835 points. Both Randle and Patrick Christopher developed into two-time All-Pac-10 players under Montgomery's guidance.
A four-time Pac-10 Coach of the Year and recipient of a John R. Wooden "Legends of Coaching" Lifetime Achievement Award, Montgomery brought a proven record of success to Berkeley when he became the program's head coach in April of 2008. Between his time at Cal, Stanford and Montana, he has collected 20 postseason appearances, claimed five conference championships and reached the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament.
Montgomery was 393-167 (.702) over 18 years at Stanford from 1987-2004 and 154-77 (.667) during the previous eight seasons at Montana. Overall, 27 of his 28 teams have posted winning records.
While at Stanford, Montgomery garnered an assortment of honors, including Sports Illustrated National Coach of the Year in 2000, the Naismith and Basketball Times Coach of the Year in 2004 and the Wooden Achievement Award, also in 2004. In addition, he has been honored as the Pac-10 Coach of the Year on four occasions - 1999, 2000, 2003 and 2004.
Active NCAA Division I Head Coaches with 600 Wins
1. Mike Krzyzewski - 879
2. Jim Boeheim - 841
3. Jim Calhoun - 832
4. Gary Williams - 657
5. Roy Williams - 621
6. Bob Huggins - 607
7. Mike Montgomery - 600
Montgomery's Milestone Wins
1. Montana 61, Wisconsin-Stout 41, 1978-79
100. Montana 87, at Eastern Washington 87 (OT), 1983-84
200. Stanford 94, Arizona State 65, Jan. 7, 1988
300. Stanford 94, Cal Poly 52, Dec. 10, 1994
400. Stanford 72, Oregon State 56, Jan. 2, 1998
500. Stanford 77, at UNLV 66, Dec. 21, 2002
600. California 74, Hartford 56, Dec. 28, 2010