Scott Cherry in 2013
February 18, 1971 |
Ballston Spa, New York
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1997–1998||Bishop McGuinness HS (asst.)|
|1998–1999||Middle Tennessee State (women's asst.)|
|1999–2002||George Mason (asst.)|
|2002–2003||Tennessee Tech (asst.)|
|2003–2007||George Mason (asst.)|
|2007–2008||Western Kentucky (asst.)|
|2008–2009||South Carolina (asst.)|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|Big South North Division Championship (2013, 2014)
Big South Regular Season Championship (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
|Big South Coach of the Year (2014)|
Scott Cherry (born February 18, 1971) is an American college basketball coach and the current head men's basketball coach at High Point University. He replaced Bart Lundy in 2009. Cherry is a native of Ballston Spa, New York.
High school career
Cherry played for the Saratoga Central Catholic High School Saints in Saratoga Springs, New York. He played under coach Bob King who is widely considered Spa Catholic's greatest basketball coach of all time. University of North Carolina basketball head coach Dean Smith visited the Spa Catholic gym to sign Cherry in 1988.
Cherry began his coaching career in 1997 as an assistant coach at Bishop McGuinness (NC) High School. He then spent one season as an assistant women's basketball coach at Middle Tennessee State.
In 1999, he began the first of two stints as an assistant to Jim Larranaga at George Mason. He left the Patriots in 2002 and spent one year as an assistant at Tennessee Tech. He returned to George Mason in 2003 and participated in the Patriots 2006 run to the Final Four.
In 2007, he joined the staff of Darrin Horn as an assistant at Western Kentucky. Cherry followed Horn to South Carolina for the 2008–09 season. He was named the head coach of High Point on March 26, 2009.
Cherry was hired as High Point Men's Basketball Coach on March 26, 2009. His first season in High Point, HPU finished 15-15, a 6-game winning improvement for the previous season. The next season in High Point, Cherry lead his team to a 12-19 record, and a semi-final spot in the Big South tournament, something High Point hadn't accomplished in 3 years. Cherry finished the 11-12 season with a 13-18 record, and High Point ranked 6th in the NCAA in three-point percentage. The next season, High Point played non-conference games at Wake Forest (L 60-71) and Eastern Kentucky (L 70-73). The Panthers finished 17-14, and won the Big South north division, earning them a spot in the 2013 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament, this was the schools first postseason appearance since becoming a NCAA division one school. Cherry was given a 3-year contract extension running through the 16-17 season. Cherry again led the Panthers to a Big South north division championship, and the outright regular season championship, another program first. The Panthers were invited to the 2014 National Invitation Tournament, losing in the first round to Richard Pitino's Minnesota's team. Cherry led High Point to the best start in school history in 2014-15 campaign, starting the season 14-3. High Point lost in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament, but received a bid to play in the 2015 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. The Panthers earned their first postseason D1 victory with a 70-64 win over Maryland Eastern Shore. Cherry become the winningest coach in the D1 era, passing Bart Lundy, in a 93-69 win over NC Wesleyan on Nov 15, 2015. It was Cherry's 97th win at High Point.
Head coaching record
|High Point (Big South Conference) (2009–present)|
|2012–13||High Point||17–14||12–4||1st (North)||CIT First Round|
|2013–14||High Point||16–15||12–4||1st (North)||NIT First Round|
|2014–15||High Point||23–10||13–5||T–1st||CIT Second Round|
|2015–16||High Point||21–11||13–5||T–1st||NIT First Round|
|High Point:||117–102 (.534)||75–47 (.615)|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
- NCAA Division I coaching changes - Men's College Basketball - ESPN
- High Point University - 2010-11 Men's Basketball Coaching Staff
- South Carolina Official Athletic Site - Men's Basketball
- "2009-10 University of North Carolina Media Guide". 2009. Retrieved 2010-02-06.
- Dana O'Neil: A little blue blood, a little blue-collar - ESPN
- "2009-10 Men's Basketball Coaching Staff". 2009. Retrieved 2010-02-06.
- "Scott Cherry named High Point coach". 2009. Retrieved 2010-02-06.
- High Point Names Scott Cherry Men's Basketball Coach - BigSouthSports.com—Official Web Site of the Big South Conference
- "High Point Gives Scott Cherry Contract Extension". 2013.
- "HPU storms past NC Wesleyan, 93-69". 2015.
- High Point Panthers Basketball 2009-10 Schedule - Panthers Home and Away - ESPN
- Big South Conference Standings (2009–10) - College Basketball - ESPN
- High Point Panthers Basketball 2010-11 Schedule - Panthers Home and Away - ESPN
- Big South Conference Standings (2010–11) - College Basketball - ESPN
- High Point Panthers Basketball 2011-12 Schedule - Panthers Home and Away - ESPN
- Big South Conference Standings (2011–12) - College Basketball - ESPN