Scott named head coach at Princeton
Princeton, NJ (Sports Network) – Joe Scott was named the head men’s basketball
coach at Princeton University on Wednesday, one day after John Thompson III
left the Tigers’ program to take over at Georgetown.
Scott, a 1987 Princeton graduate and former assistant coach at the school, had
spent the last four seasons with Air Force. He will be formally introduced at
a press conference on Friday.
“Very few schools have the opportunity to appoint an alumnus of their
University who was recognized as one of the top five coaches in the country
this past season,” said Director of Athletics Gary Walters. “His coaching job
at Air Force was simply extraordinary.”
Scott, 39, led Air Force to a 22-7 record in 2003-04, the best record in
school history, and a 51-63 mark overall. The Falcons qualified for the NCAA
Tournament for the first time in 42 years this past season, where they lost to
North Carolina in the first round. Air Force finished 12-2 in Mountain West
Conference play, winning its first-ever regular-season title.
The Falcons, who led the nation in scoring defense (50.9 ppg) and finished in
the top 20 nationally in team field-goal percentage and three-pointers per
game, had never finished a season with more than 17 wins before this year.
Scott, the 2003-04 MWC Coach of the Year, was an assistant coach at Princeton
from 1992-2000, helping the Tigers to a 163-61 record and three NCAA
Tournament appearances in that time. He played for head coach Pete Carril at
Princeton from 1983-87, earning the B.F. Bunn Trophy as the team’s Most
Valuable Player in 1987.
“Joe’s appointment also ensures that the unique genealogy of Princeton
basketball that stretches back over 70 years will continue,” Walters said.
“Each successive coach was mentored either as a player or as a coach by
someone within the Princeton basketball family.”
Thompson led Princeton to a share of the 2002 Ivy title and a spot in the NIT.
After a third-place finish in 2003, Thompson led Princeton to his best season
this past year, when the Tigers went 20-8, won the Ivy League by three games
and returned to the NCAA Tournament.
Thompson went 68-42 during his four seasons as head coach at Princeton.