Mark Amaral returns for his second season at Colorado State. Amaral will work with the post players and coordinate the recruiting efforts of the Rams, in addition to scouting opponents and other on-court responsibilities.
Prior to coaching at Colorado State, Amaral served as the recruiting coordinator at the University of California-Santa Barbara. He was involved with game preparation, scouting opponents and player development. During Amaral's tenure with the Gauchos, he helped UCSB win the Big West Conference tournament championship and the outright conference championship in 2002 and 2003, respectively, the first such titles in the history of the university.
In 1997, Amaral arrived at Peninsula College to resurrect a basketball program after a 17-year absence from intercollegiate athletics. Amaral guided Peninsula to a school-record 28 victories, a conference championship and a sixth-place finish at the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges tournament. He was selected as Coach of the Year, and the program's return to the NWAACC tournament was its first since the 1970 season. Amaral's teams posted a 58-30 record in three seasons.
Starting with the 1994-95 season, Amaral spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Montana Tech. He also spent one season (1992-93) as an assistant coach at Lewis & Clark State College in Idaho and two years (1990-92) at Carroll College in Helena, Mont. In addition to his coaching duties at Peninsula College, he was a physical education instructor and community and high school relations coordinator.
Amaral spent two years as a player at West Valley Community College, where he played for current Cal State Fullerton head coach Bob Burton, before moving on to play his final two years at The College of Idaho. While at The College of Idaho, he helped his teams to NAIA Elite Eight appearances in back-to-back seasons. Amaral has participated in some form of postseason in 21 of his 23 years as a player and a coach.
Mark is married to Chris, and they have two boys, Tanner (10) and Landon (7).
Coach Miles on Mark: "Mark's greatest strength is his ability to deal with our players, our fan base and our donors. He meets people so well and makes people feel at ease. He's a key member of our coaching staff."