Joe Scott Lands at Holy Cross

He’s from New Jersey. He teaches the Princeton offense. He was an assistant under legendary coach Pete Carrill and head coach at Princeton. He took a team to a team to the NCAA basketball tournament. He coached at a university founded by John Evans. He has won 53% of his games as a head coach.

The Coach? Bill Carmody of Holy Cross.

Like Coach Scott, Carmody is from New Jersey and both were assistants at Princeton where they practiced Pete Carrill’s offense. Carmody took Princeton (1996-97, 1997-98) to the NCAA tournament twice and last year took Holy Cross (2015-2016) to the NCAA Tournament – while Joe Scott took Air Force (2003-04). He coached at Northwestern, DU’s John Evans sister University, and was fired prior to last season. Then, in his first season in the Patriot League, Carmody took the Crusaders to the NCAA Tournament.

Joe Scott will be joining the Crusaders as an assistant coach and his background and philosophy will mirror that of his new boss.

Joe Scott had a solid 9-year run at DU with a number of highlights discussed below.

As pointed out by Puck Swami:

Scott had some significant achievements at DU. He took DU from the literal rock bottom of the NCAA (RPI 347 in 2007) to the highest of finishing heights this Denver program has ever been as a D-I program — a 2013 WAC title, two best-ever 22 win seasons, and the first postseason victory in DU school history in the NIT over Ohio University.  There was that very memorable ESPN win over Middle Tennessee State University when the DU students rushed the court, as well as some big regular season wins over the years, including the buzzer-beater at Utah State,  St. Mary’s, Belmont, Northern Iowa, St. Joseph’s, Wyoming, CSU etc.

DU Basketball is now a solid D-I program now that wins more than it loses. Scott was also a winning coach at DU at 146-132, which is pretty good considering what he inherited – a program that had fallen as one of D1’s worst programs. Scott developed very competent DU basketball teams from recruits that no one else wanted, and brought some pride back to DU hoops by developing a winning program in three different league. His players played hard, stayed out of trouble, played disciplined basketball and gave their all to the program.

Some fans were put-off by the old-school yelling, the roster management (recruiting/transfer issues) and rebounding deficiencies  – were all areas that were clearly subpar in today’s era and didn’t improve. The Princeton system is not every fan’s cup of tea, and it’s not a good system when in those games when your team needs to make a comeback or isn’t shooting well on a given night. It’s also not an easy system to recruit players to join –  and DU did not have the fittest players out there, either. Scott is also not an extrovert but he was genial when you get to know him a bit as I did- especially on sports trivia, where he was peerless. 

But on balance, Scott was a good basketball coach who got the program back to solid, respectable and sometimes even terrific basketball.

LetsGoDU wishes Coach Scott the very best in his new endeavor at Holy Cross.