Air Force is dipping into its past to find its new head men’s basketball coach. Joe Scott is reportedly heading back to Colorado Springs.
The 54-year-old Scott, who has been an assistant at Georgia the last two seasons, will become head coach at Air Force for the second time in his career. He previously held the role from 2000-04.
During that time, he led the Falcons to just their third-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 2004. Air Force finished the season 22-7 after losing to North Carolina in a first round game.
Following the 2003-04 campaign, Scott left Air Force to take over the reins at his alma mater, Princeton. The New Jersey native went 38-45 in three seasons before shockingly bolting to become head coach at the University of Denver.
In nine seasons at Denver, Scott went 146-132 and reached the NIT in 2013. His Pioneers actually beat Ohio in the first round of the event before losing at Maryland.
Sources: Air Force has hired Georgia assistant Joe Scott as its next head basketball coach. Official announcement expected soon. Scott was previously the head coach at Air Force, Princeton, and Denver.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) March 31, 2020
Scott was fired by Denver in March 2016 and immediately took a job working under former Princeton head coach Bill Carmody at Holy Cross. After two years there, he moved on to Georgia.
Scott owns a career head-coaching record of 235-240. Air Force went 12-20 this season and has not posted a winning record since 2012-13.