Gerald Madkins, who as a standout senior guard for the Bruins in 1992 helped lead UCLA to a Pacific-10 title and to the NCAAWest Region Championship game, is entering his first season as an assistant coach on the Bruin staff. Madkins joins veteran Bruin assistant Jim Saia and newcomer Patrick Sandle and will fill one of the two recruiting positions. He spent last season on the basketball staff at CS Stanislaus.
Madkins was hired in June, replacing another former UCLA guard standout, Michael Holton, who left the Bruin staff in April after five seasons to become the head coach at the University of Portland.
"I want to thank Coach Lavin for this opportunity," said Madkins. "I feel very pleased and privileged that he selected me from a quality list of applicants. It’s great to come back to my alma mater and be part of something special. It’s the place where I matured, became a man and played basketball under some very fundamentally-sound coaches. I’m looking forward to getting started and working hard."
During his Bruin playing career (1987-88 and 1989-90 through 1991-92), Madkins played in 123 games, a total exceeded by only 10 players in school history. He started on 91 occasions, including 90 of his final 93 games. He missed the entire 1988-89 season due to injuries suffered in a moped accident.
Madkins averaged 7.6 points, 3.3 assists and 2.2 rebounds during his career. He still ranks seventh (tied) on UCLA’s career steals list (146) and ninth on the career assists chart (404). In addition, he shot 52.0 on his field goal attempts, 39.9 (No. 8 in school history) on his three-point field goal attempts and 72.5 from the free throw line. His 118 career three-pointers is No. 5 on the UCLA career chart, as are his 296 three-point attempts.
As a senior in 1992, with fellow seniors Don MacLean and Darrick Martin, Madkins was the team captain and helped lead UCLA to its first Pacific-10 title since 1987, a 28-5 record and a berth in the NCAA "Elite Eight." At the time, it was the Bruins’ best finish since 1980. Playing in 28 of 33 games (he missed five games with a broken bone in his left hand), Madkins averaged 8.2 points and a team-high 4.0 assists, shooting 50.3 from the floor, 40.5 (second on the team) from three-point range and 67.1 from the foul line. In his four NCAA games as a senior, he averaged 16.3 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists. Madkins shot 56.3 from the field, 47.4 from three-point range and 76.9 from the free throw line.
Madkins’ Bruin senior season of 1991-92 was Bruin head coach Steve Lavin’s first year on the UCLA staff. Lavin had come to UCLA from Purdue, where he had served under Boilermaker head coach Gene Keady for three seasons. Lavin’s first position at UCLA was as the Bruins’ volunteer coach.
Following graduation from UCLA, Madkins played professional basketball for six seasons in the NBA, CBA and Europe. In 1992-93, he was CBA Rookie of the Year with Grand Rapids (MI). Madkins spent most of the next two seasons on the roster of the Cleveland Cavaliers and the following two years playing in Europe and the CBA. In 1997-98, he split time between the Miami Heat and the Golden State Warriors and retired following that season.
Madkins basketball career began at Merced, CA HS. As senior prepster in 1987, he was generally considered to be the top player in California outside of the Los Angeles/Orange County area. In 1987, he averaged 27.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 8.0 assists and shot 65.0 from the field and 80.0 from the foul line. As a senior he earned third-team prep All-American, was a member of the CA All-State team and was named Northern CA Player of the Year.
"Gerald is a quality addition to our staff," Bruin head coach Steve Lavin said. "I have known him since my first year (1991-92) at UCLA. During his playing career, Gerald was the consummate team player, sacrificing his individual game for the good of the team. As a senior, he was our top defender and playmaker.
"Gerald has a vast amount of basketball knowledge that I feel will be an asset to our program," said Lavin. "He relates well to players and is an outstanding communicator. I also feel that the time he spent playing pro ball has given him additional life experiences to pass on to our players. He possesses outstanding people skills that will be an asset when meeting with parents and prospects in the home."
Madkins is married to the former Julee Williams, they met as undergraduates at UCLA, and they have two children, Christopher (6) and Brandon (3).
Madkins was born April 18, 1969 in Merced, CA.