Lakers assistant Madsen new coach at Utah Valley

Lakers assistant Mark Madsen is the new coach at Utah Valley.

The exodus in Los Angeles continues as Lakers assistant coach Mark Madsen has been hired as the new men’s basketball coach at Utah Valley, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, who reports the formal announcement of the hiring is expected Sunday.

Madsen, 43, was a member of two Lakers championship teams during his playing days, then served as an assistant coach on the staffs of Byron Scott and Luke Walton, who was fired as Lakers coach on Friday and accepted the coaching position of the Sacramento Kings on Saturday.

The 29th overall pick in the 200 NBA Draft by the Lakers out of Stanford, Madsen played three seasons in LA, playing on title teams in 2001 and 2002, then played the final six seasons of his career with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Madsen replaces Mark Pope at Utah Valley after a 25-win season. Pope was hired as the new coach at Brigham Young.

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