Saint Joseph’s University basketball program has made a great addition to its staff. Justin Scott has been named assistant coach for the Hawks’ basketball team.
Scott comes to Saint Joseph’s with some great credentials. He spent seven years as the men’s head basketball coach and associate athletic director at Arcadia University. He had a 104-87 overall record with 14 players earning All-MAC Commonwealth recognition and had three chosen as MAC Commonwealth Rookies of the Year.
Scott had a spectacular year this past season posting a 23-6 record guiding Arcadia University to the Division III playoffs. He was presented with his second MAC Commonwealth Coach of the Year honor and tabbed as the Sam Cozen Small College Basketball Coach of the Year. Scott is excited about the move to Hawk Hill where he will be coaching on a Division I level.
“Honestly, it’s a dream come true,” Scott said. “Since I’ve gotten into coaching I wanted to be on a Division I level and to do so in your hometown where you didn’t have to move. It’s the Big 5 and all that storied tradition behind that and most importantly to be able to have the opportunity to work for a man with the pedigree and just the caliber of a man that Coach [Billy] Lange is that’s something that’s really cool.”
Lange now has one of the Philadelphia area’s top small college basketball coaches on his staff. Scott was a great high school basketball player in the Philadelphia Public League. He was an All Public League standout at Engineering & Science. He played his college basketball at East Stroudsburg University. Scott has coached and played in Philly, which makes him well qualified for his position.
“We are blessed to have someone of Justin’s stature join us here on Hawk Hill,” Lange said in a statement. “He came highly recommended. The more we researched about him and got to know him, we felt we would be able to bring in a man of integrity, great faith, a leader and a mentor.
“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.”
Saint Joseph’s is a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference, which features Big 5 rival La Salle, Davidson, George Washington, Duquesne and other Eastern basketball programs. Scott is well aware of the competition in the A-10.
“It’s one of the best leagues in the country,” Scott said. “A lot of players go on to play at the highest level. Leaving the Atlantic 10 a lot of players from Philadelphia that played in the Atlantic 10 had really good careers. I’m excited about the level. It’s just really an exciting time.”
In addition to coaching at Arcadia, Scott also took over as head coach for the St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ senior men’s team in 2014. Under his tutelage, he guided the team to a 6-6 mark 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.
Scott has been fortunate play for E&S under then head coach Charles Brown, who also was an assistant with him at Arcadia University. Brown has given Scott a good foundation for success.
“Coach Brown is a big piece of that,” Scott said. “I had a chance to coach with him the past few years and working hands on with him as a part of a championship team at Arcadia. Coach Brown was a big part of that.”
Scott will bring a lot of knowledge and experience to the Saint Joseph’s basketball program.