Cal Basketball: It's Official -- Mark Fox Assembles His Coaching Staff

New Cal coach Mark Fox brought in an experienced group to assist him.Photo by Jay Biggerstaff, USA Today

A four-man group features Andrew Francis, Chris Harriman, holdover Marty Wilson and Trent Johnson as analyst

New Cal head coach Mark Fox has assembled his coaching staff.

Cal made the official announcement Thursday that Andrew Francis, Chris Harriman and Marty Wilson will serve as assistant coaches while Trent Johnson will join the staff as an analyst for the program. All four hires had been reported previously.

Francis comes from Iowa and Harriman from New Mexico. Wilson served this past season on Wyking Jones’ staff after spending the previous seven seasons as head coach at Pepperdine.

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Johnson is a former head coach at Nevada, Stanford, LSU and TCU. He was Fox’s boss at Nevada before Johnson left for Stanford and Fox was promoted to head coach of the Wolf Pack.

Here’s a rundown on each of the four new members of the Cal coaching staff:

Andrew Francis

Francis has nearly 20 years’ experience as an assistant coach at Iowa and Villanova, most recently under Fran McCaffery with the Hawkeyes.

Iowa was 23-12 this season, advanced to the NCAA tournament for the fourth time in six seasons and was ranked in the AP Top-25 for 16 consecutive weeks.

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Francis, a native of Brooklyn, NY, also worked for McCaffery at Siena College after spending two seasons under Jay Wright at Villanova, where he was an administrative assistant and video coordinator.

Fox on Francis: "Andrew has worked side-by-side with an outstanding coach in Fran McCaffery for more than a decade. His contacts across the entire country will be a tremendous benefit to our program. I have admired his ability and his impact on young people for many years.”

Francis: "I'm tremendously excited and honored to have this opportunity to work at a world-class institution like Cal, and to work for a successful, highly respected coach in Coach Fox.”

Chris Harriman

A native of Sydney, Australia, Harriman spent the past four seasons as associate head coach at New Mexico. He is regarded as a rising star among assistant coaches with excellent international recruiting ties.

(Click here for a story on Darius McNeill transferring to SMU.)

Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander on CBS Sports named Harriman one of the "Top 5 Up-and-Coming Division I Assistants.”

He worked for the late Rick Majerus at Saint Louis and Tim Miles at Nebraska.

Fox on Harriman: "Chris brings a wealth of experience and contacts in basketball from across the globe. He trained under the great Rick Majerus and has been an exceptional recruiter. I am excited to add someone with great international experience and basketball expertise to our Cal basketball family.”

Harriman: "It's an honor and a privilege to have this amazing opportunity. You don't have to be born in the U.S. to appreciate the incredible reputation Cal has as the No. 1 public university in the world. I came here to be part of the Cal family and to share in the great traditions, but more importantly I came here to help Coach Fox build a great basketball program. Having the opportunity to work for someone I respect and admire and is a teacher of the game made this move a no-brainer for me.”

Harriman on working for Majerus: "I was very fortunate to work for one of the greatest teachers in college basketball, the late Rick Majerus. I remember Coach Majerus referring often to Pete Newell as a great teacher of basketball, and a coach who was influential in his mental approach to the game. So many of the things I was able to learn from Coach Majerus had their roots in Coach Newell and Cal basketball.”

Marty Wilson

Wilson, 52, will be the one holdover from Jones’ staff, but Fox and Wilson have a relationship that dates back years.

Wilson spent 21 seasons at Pepperdine, starting as a player. As a head coach, Wilson helped transform the Waves from a 10-win team in his first season to back-to-back 18-win seasons in 2014-15 and 2015-16, marking their first consecutive winning seasons since 2001-03.

Fox on Wilson: "I have known Marty for more than a quarter of a century and his knowledge of the West Coast, the Pac-12 and of our current situation will be of great value as we begin to rebuild this program. He has already been extremely helpful in the transition and I know he will continue to serve this program at a high level.”

Wilson: "I truly appreciate the opportunity and I am extremely excited to be a part of coach Fox's staff. Our relationship goes back almost 25 years, and we share a valuable mentor who has shaped our philosophies. I believe Coach Fox will do great things here at Cal that everyone can be proud of.”

Trent Johnson

Johnson, a 62-year-old native of Berkeley, returns to the Bay Area and will serve as a basketball analyst in a special assistant role. He enjoyed his greatest success as a Division I head coach at Stanford, posting a record of 80-48 with three NCAA tournament bids in four seasons as successor to Mike Montgomery.

He won 276 games in 17 seasons as a DI head coach.

As an analyst he will provides players with off-the-court development and mentorship, aid in game planning and scouting and opponent analysis. He will be on the bench on game nights, but cannot work with players on the court during practice.

Fox on Johnson: "Trent Johnson has been a part of my family for nearly three decades. His commitment to developing young people is second to none. As a coach he led the league at Nevada, Stanford and LSU, and his expertise and experience will be a valuable part of our program."

Johnson: "I am thrilled to be able to reunite with Coach Fox while we work to build something special here in Berkeley. I’m looking forward to mentoring our guys as we develop high-character, high-caliber young men in the great tradition of Cal Athletics."

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