Justin Scott has been named assistant coach for the Saint Joseph’s men’s basketball program, head coach Billy Lange announced today.
Scott joins the Hawks after seven seasons as men’s basketball head coach and associate athletic director at Arcadia University. Joining Arcadia as an assistant coach in 2010, Scott was promoted to head coach in 2012 and went on to post a 104-87 overall record with 16 student-athletes earning All-MAC Commonwealth honors and had three selected as MAC Commonwealth Rookies of the Year.
This past year, Scott led Arcadia to its best season in program history as it captured its first-ever MAC Commonwealth title and won its first-ever NCAA Tournament game. Individually for the Knights, Da'Kquan Davis was named MAC Commonwealth Player of the Year and joined teammate Phil Pierfy on the NABC Division III All-District Team, while Scott was honored with his second MAC Commonwealth Coach of the Year honor and recognized as the Sam Cozen Small College Basketball Coach of the Year after guiding his team to a 23-6 record, setting a new single-season mark for wins.
“We are blessed to have someone of Justin's stature join us here on Hawk Hill. He came highly recommended. The more we researched about him and got to know him, we felt that we would be able to bring in a man of integrity, great faith, a leader, and a mentor," said Lange. "He is someone that is well respected and connected within the Philadelphia grassroots community because of his reputation. He also brings a tremendous head-coaching mentality to our staff based on his time at Arcadia and international experience he has had in FIBA. We look forward to him adding much value to our players lives and enhancing our staff's development.”
“I would like to thank Coach Lange for this amazing opportunity to join his staff on Hawk Hill and work towards something special," Scott said. "I truly believe in his vision and look forward to supporting him, as well as growing as a coach, leader and mentor under his tutelage. My time as head coach at Arcadia University and my previous coaching experiences have prepared me well. I would like to thank Arcadia for allowing me to grow in the coaching and intercollegiate athletics profession. I really look forward to my new journey as a Hawk!”
Along with his successful tenure at Arcadia, Scott also took over as head coach for the St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ senior men’s team in 2014. Under his guidance the team posted a 6-6 record in international play as St. Vincent and the Grenadines placed sixth at the 2015 FIBA Caribbean Basketball Championship and fifth in 2018 to mark its highest finish at the tournament.
Prior to joining Arcadia, Scott served as both assistant coach and Coordinator for Special Projects, Diversity and Social Justice Education in the Athletic Department for three seasons from 2007-10 at his alma mater, East Stroudsburg University. Transferring to East Stroudsburg after two years at Bloomsburg University, Scott was a two-year letterwinner with the Warriors and earned a bachelor’s degree in Sport Management in 2007 and a master’s degree in Management and Leadership with a concentration in Sport Management in 2008.
A native of Philadelphia, Scott captured All-Public League accolades during a standout career at George Washington Carver Engineering and Science High School. Along with his extensive basketball background, Scott is also an active board member of the Daniel E. Rumph II Foundation that helps raises awareness concerning sudden cardiac arrest, provides free screenings for hypertrophy cardiomyopathy, and provides automated external defibrillators and CPR training to tri-state area recreation centers.