Utah Valley’s Mark Madsen finding the positives as he traverses fatherhood, COVID-19 and being a relatively new head coach

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SALT LAKE CITY — Right now, Mark Madsen is a stay-at-home dad.

And a coach. And a recruiter. And a gardner.

All from the friendly confines of his house.

That’s part of the COVID-19 pandemic life for the Utah Valley men’s basketball coach.

The 44-year-old father of two, though, is taking the changes in stride as best he can with he and wife Hannah’s second child, Leroy, just 9 weeks old.

“Typically in late March and April, even going into May, I would be on the road close to nonstop,” said Madsen, who sees the extra time at home with his family as a blessing. “We have a system. With the newborn, Hannah’s up all throughout the night. Our system right now is she doesn’t get much sleep at night, so I’ll wake up when (2-year-old) William gets up — that’s anywhere from 6 to 7:30 a.m. — so I’ll be hanging out with him and once 8:30 hits, I go in my office and start working — recruiting, watching tape, team prep, all those different things.

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