Joe Scott is in his second season as an assistant men's basketball coach at the College of the Holy Cross in 2017-2018. Last season, he helped the Crusaders lead the Patriot League in scoring defense (62.1 points per game), steals (9.4 steals per game), turnover margin (+4.9 turnovers per game) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.23-to-1).
Scott came to Holy Cross from the University of Denver, where he served as the head coach from 2007-2016. The Pioneers went 146-132 overall during Scott's nine seasons, while setting a school Division I record with 22 victories in both 2011-2012 and 2012-2013. During the 2012-2013 season, his team shared the Western Athletic Conference regular season title, earned a bid to the National Invitation Tournament and posted the first postseason victory in school history with a 61-57 win over Ohio in the NIT first round. Scott was also a finalist for the 2012 Hugh Durham Award as the top mid-major coach in the nation.
Prior to his time at Denver, Scott spent three seasons as the head coach at Princeton from 2004-2007. His team led the nation in scoring defense during the 2006-2007 season at 52.9 points per game, while his 2005-2006 squad placed second in the Ivy League with a 10-4 conference record. Scott previously spent four seasons as the head coach at Air Force from 2000-2004. He earned Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year honors in 2003-2004, after leading the Falcons to an overall record of 22-7, the Mountain West regular season title and the program's first NCAA Tournament appearance in 42 years. His career head coaching record stands at 235-240.
From 1992-2000, Scott served as an assistant coach at Princeton, including four years under Carmody from 1996-2000. The Tigers posted an overall record of 163-61 during those eight seasons, while winning three Ivy League championships and five consecutive postseason appearances. Scott began his coaching career as an assistant at Monmouth during the 1991-1992 season.
A 1987 graduate of Princeton with a bachelor's degree in history, Scott was a three-year starter at point guard for the Tigers and earned second team All-Ivy League honors as a senior captain. He went on to earn his law degree from Notre Dame in 1990, and worked for the law firm of Ribis, Graham & Curtin before beginning his coaching career.
Scott is married to the former Leah Spraragen, a 1992 Princeton graduate who was a four-year starter at point guard for the women's basketball team and later an assistant coach at Princeton, Dartmouth and Arizona State. The Scotts married in 1999 and have two sons, Ben and Jack.