College basketball coaching changes tracker: Air Force brings back former coach Joe Scott

Air Force is turning to a familiar face to lead its basketball program as Joe Scott will return to the team he led from 2000 to 2004 as coach. The school announced Scott’s hire on Tuesday, 22 days after announcing that Dave Pilipovich would not return for a ninth season.

“Joe is a person of strong character and a leader who will continue to represent our core values at Air Force,” Athletic Director Nathan Pine said in the announcement. “He is also a championship-caliber coach who understands the Academy, what we stand for and he knows as well as anyone how to be successful here. Coach Scott is a gifted teacher with a passion for the sport of basketball and developing young men into leaders, he is the perfect person to reenergize our men’s basketball program.”

Scott spent the past two seasons as an assistant at Georgia under Tom Crean. After leading Air Force to its first NCAA Tournament in over 40 years in 2004, he left to take the coaching position at Princeton, his alma mater. He coached the Tigers for three years before spending nine seasons as coach at Denver. He also spent two seasons as an assistant at Holy Cross before joining Crean’s staff at Georgia.

Scott is taking over a Falcons team that finished the 2019-20 season with a 12-20 record. Air Force has not finished with a winning record in Mountain West play since the 2006-07 season.

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