Macon, a guard who played at Temple from 1987-91, is still the Atlantic 10 Conference’s all-time leading scorer with 2,609 points in 126 games, a 20.7 career average. He was the national Freshman of the Year in leading Temple to a 32-2 record and No. 1 ranking. As a senior, he was the NCAA Regional Tournament most outstanding player on a team that bowed out to North Carolina. Macon is the only four-time first-team All-A-10 player in league history.
In the NBA, Macon played six years with the Denver Nuggets and Detroit Pistons after being the eighth overall pick in the 1991 draft. He scored 1,685 points in 251 NBA games and then played three more years in overseas professional leagues.
Macon began his collegiate coaching career at Temple with John Chaney and served three seasons before Chaney retired this spring.
“We certainly anticipate Mark being able to use his coaching experience and playing experience to teach our guards and to improve our overall team play,” head coach Perry noted. “We are excited and fortunate to have a proven winner and outstanding person join our staff. You need discipline and a good work ethic to earn a college degree and to be successful on the court and we know Mark can show our team how to accomplish both.”
Macon, 37, is a native of Saginaw, Mich., and earned his college degree in Education in 1991 from Temple. He established and runs the Mark Macon Foundation, a non-profit entity that provides funds to charity organizations. Macon was inducted into the Temple Athletic Hall of Fame.
The Georgia State staff is led by former All-America player Michael Perry, who begins his 10th year at Georgia State and fifth year as head coach. The current assistant coaches are Drew Catlett, a former West Virginia University assistant and interim head coach who begins his fifth year at State, and Mark Danhoff, who begins his 17th year as a college coach and second at State.