Princeton NJ -- Joe Scott, a former player and assistant coach at Princeton who coached the Air Force basketball team to unprecedented success over the last four seasons, has been named the University's 27th head basketball coach.
Scott, a 1987 Princeton graduate, succeeds John Thompson, who became the head coach at Georgetown University April 20 after four seasons as the head coach at Princeton. Thompson, a 1988 Princeton graduate, led Princeton to three Ivy League titles.
"Even more than the fact that Princeton is my alma mater and where I played basketball, it's a great university with a special basketball tradition," said Scott, who helped the Princeton basketball team to the NCAA tournament as both a player and an assistant coach. "The administration made it known to me that I was the person they wanted for this job, and that made it easy for me to reach this decision to become the head coach."
"I am tremendously excited to announce that Joe Scott will become the next basketball coach at Princeton," said Director of Athletics Gary Walters. "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. His coaching job at Air Force was simply extraordinary."
Scott's 2003-04 Air Force team had the best season in school history and reached the NCAA tournament for the first time in 42 years before falling to North Carolina in the first round. The Falcons' 22-7 record was a program best, and the team's 12-2 Mountain West Conference (MWC) record earned Air Force its first-ever conference regular-season championship.
Scott was named both the MWC Coach of the Year and the National Association of Basketball Coaches District 13 Coach of the Year in 2003-04, and he finished fourth in the Associated Press National Coach of the Year voting.
Prior to heading to Air Force in 2000, Scott was an assistant coach at Princeton for eight seasons under Pete Carril, his college coach, and Bill Carmody. He was Carmody's top assistant from 1996 to 2000, when the Tigers averaged 23 wins per season.
As a player, Scott was a four-year letterwinner and three-year starter at point guard for Princeton. He earned the B.F. Bunn Trophy as the team's Most Valuable Player in 1987.