Scott Edgar Named Men's Basketball Coach
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (Thursday, April 13, 2006) Scott Edgar, assistant basketball coach at the University of Tennessee, has been named the new men's head basketball coach at Southeast Missouri State University.
Edgar is a veteran coach whose teams have advanced to postseason play 17 times in his 25-year collegiate coaching career.
"It was clear," said Don Kaverman, director of Athletics at Southeast, "after reviewing the credentials of all the finalists, that there was one individual, Scott Edgar, who surfaced as the outstanding candidate among the three finalists. We are delighted that Coach Edgar has accepted the position of head coach of the Southeast men's basketball program."
In Division I programs, Edgar's head coaching record is 108-95. He is 56-16 in the Ohio Valley Conference. He has three post-season appearances and has twice been named Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year. He has recruited, signed or coached 17 professional players.
This year, Edgar served as assistant basketball coach at the University of Tennessee, which won the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Eastern Division Championship, ending the season at 21-7. The team lost in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Prior to his current position, Edgar was assistant basketball coach at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). In 2004-2005, UAB participated in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. In his three years in Birmingham, UAB won the 2004 Conference USA championship, made two NCAA Tournament appearances, including a trip to the 2004 Sweet 16 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2003 National Invitation Tournament.
Edgar broke into the ranks as an assistant coach at the New Mexico Military Institute in 1978. Three years later, he made the jump to NCAA Division I coaching when he joined Nolan Richardson's coaching staff at the University of Tulsa. During the five-year span (1980-1985) that Edgar and Richardson were at Tulsa, the Golden Hurricane made three NCAA Tournament appearances and won the 1981 National Invitation Tournament championship.
Edgar also has been director of basketball operations at Texas Christian University (TCU), head basketball coach at Duquesne University, head basketball coach at Murray State University and assistant basketball coach at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville.
At a news conference on the Southeast campus last week, Edgar said, "I've learned from the best and took something from all of them. I'm totally prepared to get this program back to the top. We're going to raise the bar in every area of the program."
Edgar said, "This is an area I've recruited. All coaches are good at Xs and Os. It's about my communication and relationships, this ability to look inside kids and connect with them."
A native of Penn Hills, Pa., Edgar earned an undergraduate degree in sociology from Pittsburgh-Johnstown in 1978. A standout on both the basketball court and the baseball diamond while in college, his accomplishments earned him induction into the Penn Hills High School Athletic Hall of Fame. He and his wife, Elaine, have one son, Scott William.
Edgar was selected from a final pool of more than 60 applicants, three of which were invited to campus. Those on campus included Rod Barnes, former head basketball coach at the University of Mississippi and Jay Spoonhour, former assistant basketball coach at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Each of the three candidates spent one day on the Southeast campus, meeting with Kaverman, the search committee, the president of the University, faculty, students, and members of the community. Each candidate also answered questions from the local media at a news conference.