Original article (Bernard Scott Named UDM’s 11th Head Women’s Basketball Coach) on the University of Detroit Mercy’s athletic website detroittitans.com.
Bernard Scott, a longtime Horizon League assistant and current associate women’s head coach of the Cleveland State Vikings, was named the 11th head women’s basketball coach in Titans’ history on Tuesday, May 5, announced University of Detroit Mercy Director of Athletics Robert C. Vowels, Jr.
Scott, a 15-year collegiate coaching veteran, will be formally introduced at a press conference at historic Calihan Hall on Wednesday, May 6, where it will be carried live on ESPN3 at 12 p.m. ET.
Throughout his 15-year coaching career, he has tutored eight players who have earned All-League honors, and three who were named to their respective Freshmen All-League Team.
Scott was the assistant coach at Horizon League member Cleveland State over the last five years and was promoted to associate head coach prior to the 2013-14 campaign. During that time, he helped the program win 79 games, make two trips to the Horizon League Championship Semifinals and earned two postseason bids, reaching the quarterfinals of the Women’s Basketball Invitational (WBI) in 2011 and the first round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) in 2015.
Last season, Cleveland State placed third in the Horizon League, two spots higher than the previous year, and had a 19-13 overall record, five more wins than 2012-13 and CSU’s first winning season in the past four years.
Scott was involved in all facets of the Vikings’ program, including recruiting coordinator, on-floor coaching, individual workouts, recruiting and opponent scouting. He also worked daily with the development of CSU’s post players. Under his coaching, the Viking post players recorded 81 double-doubles over the past four seasons, including a pair of triple-doubles.
In his first year at CSU (2010-11), he was an integral part in the Vikings going 21-12, the second most wins in school history and only the second time CSU has ever won more than 20 games in a season. Cleveland State also finished with a 12-6 Horizon League record, which was tied for the most league wins in a season, as well as tying for second place in the regular season standings, the best finish in program history. The Vikings also advanced to the postseason earning the top seed in the West Region of the WBI.
He joined Cleveland State after spending two seasons as an assistant coach at another Horizon League-rival in Youngstown State (2008-10), and has also served as an assistant coach at Arizona (2007-08), Dayton (2005-07) and Toledo (2001-05).
Scott was the lead assistant and recruiting coordinator for the Penguins in his two years at YSU, where he worked daily with the development of the guards. His duties also included on-floor coaching, individual workouts, conditioning and opponent scouting. He also recruited and signed a Horizon League Player of the Year, Capital One First-Team Academic All-America and Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America, as well as a top-100 junior college player.
At Arizona, Scott was responsible for post player development, practice preparation, on-floor coaching and assisting with recruiting. Under his guidance, the Wildcats’ post players tallied 19 double-doubles, which was an improvement from four the previous year. His recruiting efforts also led to the class being ranked 52nd in the nation by All Star Girls Report.
Before his stop out west, Scott was as an assistant coach at Dayton for two years, coaching the Flyers to a 17-12 record in 2005-06, their first winning campaign in five years. While at Dayton, he helped secure the 29th-ranked recruiting class according to the Blue Star Recruiting Service, which included a two-time Ohio Player of the Year and a top-five player from Canada.
He began his career at Toledo, assisting with recruiting, player development, scouting, camps and academics for four years. He was part of the coaching staff that led the Rockets to the 2003 regular season MAC title and a berth in the WNIT.
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Scott earned a degree in Physical Education and Recreation from University of Toledo in 2001, and a master’s degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies from Toledo in 2005.
Scott is married to his wife, Colleen, and the couple has two daughters, Lily (8) and Chloe (3).