Joe Scott

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Joe Scott
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Denver
Biographical details
Born (1965-07-28) July 28, 1965 (age 48)
Pelican Island, New Jersey, USA
Playing career
1983–1987 Princeton
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Monmouth (asst.)
Princeton (asst.)
Air Force
Accomplishments and honors
MWC Regular Season Championship (2004)
WAC Regular Season Championship (2013)
MWC Coach of the Year (2004)

Joe Scott (born July 28, 1965 in Pelican Island, New Jersey) is an American college basketball coach and the current head coach at the University of Denver. He replaced Terry Carroll on March 20, 2007.

Born on Pelican island in Toms River, New Jersey, Scott played baseball, basketball and football at Toms River High School East, where he set the school's basketball career scoring record.[1]

As a player in the mid-1980s, Scott became schooled in the "Princeton offense," a methodical system that seeks high-percentage shots by passing until the right opportunity rather than a fast-pace offense with more shots. As a result, Scott has frequently instituted a deliberate pace as a coach, often coaching the slowest-paced team in the country.[2]

Scott came to Princeton after getting his first head coaching job at the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA), where he accrued a 51–63 record in four seasons from 2000 to 2004. After guiding the Falcons to a 22–7 record and an NCAA Tournament berth in 2003–04, Scott was named the Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year and was selected as the head coach at Princeton, replacing John Thompson III, who left to coach at Georgetown University, where Thompson's father was the longtime head coach.

Scott had a 38–45 record through three seasons at Princeton. The team finished sixth in the Ivy League in 2004–05, his first season, with a 6–8 record, before rebounding to a 10–4 mark good for second place in the conference in 2005–06. Scott Greenman, a senior point guard, became Scott's first and only First-Team All-Ivy player in 2006.

The Tigers finished with a 2–12 Ivy record in 2006–07, its first-ever last-place finish in the Ivy League. That season, Princeton scored just 21 points in a loss to Monmouth, tying a then Division I record for fewest points scored in a game since the inception of the three-point line. The Tigers also fell to Carnegie Mellon University — a Division III opponent. It was the first such defeat in school history.

Prior to Air Force, Scott was an assistant coach at Princeton under Pete Carril and Bill Carmody. His eight-year tenure (1992–2000) included highlights like the 1996 win over defending champion UCLA in the NCAA Tournament and a no. 7 ranking and another second-round NCAA appearance in 1998. The 1998 team earned a No. 5 seed in the NCAA Tournament, the highest ranking ever for an Ivy League school.

Between his graduation from Princeton in 1987 and his return to the school in 1992 as an assistant coach, Scott earned his law degree at the University of Notre Dame and worked at a New Jersey law firm before spending one season as an assistant coach at Monmouth University in 1991–92.

He starred as a point guard for Toms River High School East, and currently holds the school record for career basketball points with 1,550.

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Air Force (Mountain West) (2000–2004)
2000–2001 Air Force 8–20 3–11
2001–2002 Air Force 8–18 3–11
2002–2003 Air Force 12–16 3–11
2003–2004 Air Force 22–7 12–2 1st NCAA 1st Round
Air Force: 50–61 21–35
Princeton (Ivy) (2004–2007)
2004–2005 Princeton 15–13 6–8
2005–2006 Princeton 12–15 10–4
2006–2007 Princeton 11–17 2–12
Princeton: 38–45 18–24
Denver (Sun Belt) (2007–2012)
2007–2008 Denver 11–19 7–11
2008–2009 Denver 15–16 9–9
2009–2010 Denver 19–13 10–8 6th
2010–2011 Denver 13–17 9–7
2011–2012 Denver 22–9 11–5 2nd
Denver (WAC) (2012–2013)
2012–2013 Denver 22–9 16–2 T-1st NIT 2nd Round
Denver (The Summit League) (2013–present)
2013–2014 Denver 16–15 8–6 4th
Denver: 101–82 70–48
Total: 207–207

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Personal life[edit]

Scott's wife, Leah (Spraragen), is a 1992 Princeton graduate and was also a point guard, playing for the Tiger women's basketball team. They have two children, Ben and Jack Scott.[3]


  1. ^ Hall of Fame: Joseph W. Scott, Toms River Regional Schools. Accessed May 28, 2013. "A Pelican-Island native, Joe was a three-sport (football, basketball, baseball) standout at Toms River High School East."
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