Joe Scott, the former Toms River High School East three-sport standout, has been named an assistant men’s basketball coach at the College of the Holy Cross, head coach Bill Carmody announced.
Scott, who joins the Crusaders with 16 years of NCAA Division I head coaching experience, will begin his duties June 1. He starred in basketball, football and baseball for the Raiders, earning the nickname “The Paint Man” as he often scored on drives to the basket.
“I am excited to have Joe Scott become part of our coaching staff here at Holy Cross,” Carmody said on hoopdirt.com. “He brings outstanding experience to our staff and is very passionate about the game of basketball. I have known Joe for many years and expect him to be a key part of our success moving forward.”
Scott, a former Princeton University basketball standout and coach, comes to Holy Cross from the University of Denver where he served as head coach from 2007-2016. The Pioneers went 146-132 during his nine seasons while setting a school Division I record with 22 wins in both 2011-12 and 2012-13. During the 2012-13 season, his team shared the Western Athletic Conference regular-season title, earned a bid to the National Invitation Tournament, and notched the first postseason victory in school history with a 61-57 win over Ohio in the first round. Scott also was a finalist for the 2012 Hugh Durham Award as the top mid-major coach in the nation.
Prior to his time at Denver, Scott spent three seasons as the head coach at Princeton from 2004-2007. His Tigers led the nation in scoring defense in 2006-07 at 52.9 points per game while his 2005-06 club placed second in the Ivy League with a 10-4 conference record.
Scott previously spent four seasons as the head coach at Air Force from 2000-04. He won Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year honors in 2003-04 after leading the Falcons to an overall record of 22-7, the Mountain West regular season title, and the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance in 42 years. His career head coaching record is 235-240.
From 1992-2000, Scott was an assistant coach at Princeton, including four years under Carmody from 1996-2000. The Tigers posted an overall record of 163-61 during those eight seasons while winning three Ivy League titles and making five straight postseason appearances. Scott began his coaching career as an assistant at Monmouth during the 1991-92 season.
A 1987 Princeton graduate with a bachelor’s degree in history, Scott was a three-year starter at point guard for the Tigers and earned second-team all-Ivy League honors as a senior captain. He earned his law degree from Notre Dame in 1990 and worked for the law firm of Ribis, Graham & Curtin before beginning his coaching career.
Reese done: Former Monmouth assistant Brian Reese did not last long as the Georgian Court University head men’s basketball coach.
He’s no longer its leader after guiding the Lions to a 5-21 overall record in his lone season at the helm in 2015-16, according to hoopdirt.com. The Lions tied Wilmington (Del.) for last place at 4-15 in the Southern Division of the Central Atlantic Athletic Conference.
A possible landing spot for Reese, who coached for four seasons as an assistant under King Rice at Monmouth, is the Missouri Valley Conference, a Division I league. He will likely become a men’s assistant coach.
Reese was a member of the University of North Carolina’s national championship team in 1993.