Jon Mack enters his first season at the helm of the Southwestern Christian University men’s basketball program.
Mack comes to SCU after serving as head coach at the University of Valley Forge (Pa.) for 17 seasons, and athletic director for the past 13 years.
While coaching at Valley Forge, Mack tallied 287 wins and coached 22 all-Americans. He was named NCCAA Division II National Coach of the Year four times and NCCAA Mideast Region Coach of the Year eight times, winning both awards in 2017.
Mack's teams finished as NCCAA Division II national championship runners-up in 2009, 2011 and 2012. Under the guidance of Mack, Valley Forge made 11 consecutive NCCAA Division II national tournament appearances, and won NCCAA Mideast Region Championships in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2016.
As athletic director, Mack reintroduced baseball and men's and women's cross country, while adding men's golf and softball to Valley Forge Athletics. In his last year, Mack guided Valley Forge Athletics into full National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III membership and acceptance into the American Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) Conference in January 2017.
Mack began his basketball career at Valley Forge as a player. From 1996-2000 Mack set many UVF records including total points (3,494) and points per game (26.5). Mack also averaged 11.1 rebounds per game and finished his career as UVF's second all-time leading rebounder with 1,250 boards. He was a four-time NCCAA Division II all-American and was inducted into the UVF Hall of Fame.
In February 2017, UVF officially retired Mack's jersey for his accomplishments as an athlete, and the NCCAA presented him with the Great Commission Award for his impact on young men through sport.
Mack received his Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education from UVF. He also received a Masters of Sports Administration from the United States Sports Academy.
He is married to Jen Mack, and they have two sons, Jalen (7) and Justis (1), and a dog named Micky.
Mark Laird enters his first season as a part of the Southwestern Christian University men’s basketball coaching staff.
Prior to joining the SCU coaching staff, Laird spent two seasons working in various capacities at Valley Forge (Pa.). Laird served as a director in UVF's Student Life Office in 2015. In 2016 he became associate director of athletics for compliance. In both years he served as assistant men's basketball coach under Mack.
Laird's collegiate coaching background includes time spent as an assistant coach at NCAA Division II's Shepard (W.V.) (2004-05), Hawai'i Pacific (2005-07) and Texas A&M-International (2011-15). During the 2007-08 basketball season, Laird served as Director of Basketball Operations at NCAA Division I's Sacramento State.
At the NAIA level, Laird served as head coach at Bethany (Calif.) from 2008 until its closing in 2011.
As a student-athlete, Laird played four seasons of basketball and one of baseball at Valley Forge.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in bible/theology from UVF in 2000 and a Master of Arts degree in communications from Hawai'i Pacific in 2008.
Isaiah Carson will join the Southwestern Christian University men’s basketball coaching staff for the 2017-18 season.
Prior to coming to SCU, Carson served as the head coach and recruiting coordinator for the post-grad team at Combine Academy of Atlanta.
Carson, a native of Philadelphia, attended Carver High School of Engineering and Science before playing his college ball at the University of Valley Forge (Pa.) under current SCU head coach Jon Mack. He was part of two NCCAA East Region Championship teams during his freshman and sophomore seasons.
During his junior campaign in 2013, Carson suffered a season-ending knee injury. Unable to compete that season, Mack asked him to join the UVF coaching staff as a student assistant.
Carson transitioned into a greater coaching role with the Patriots the following season, when Mack elevated him to Director of Basketball Operations. His duties included player development, video editing, team travel coordination and opponent scouting.
Carson has also worked basketball camps at the University of Alabama and Rider University.
In addition to coaching collegiately, he has also coached multiple 10U – 16U teams for Team Action AAU basketball program in the greater Philadelphia area.