San Diego To Introduce Sam Scholl as Head Men's Basketball Coach

April 2, 2018


(SAN DIEGO, Calif.) - The University of San Diego will introduce Sam Scholl, 40, as its new head coach for men's basketball at a press conference and celebration on Tuesday, April 3rd, at 12:30 p.m. (PDT) in the University Center’s Forum A on main campus. Scholl, who was elevated to acting head coach on February 26th, becomes the Toreros' thirteenth head coach in program history and just the sixth head coach since USD moved to the NCAA Division I ranks in 1979-80.

“I am thrilled to announce the appointment of Sam Scholl as our new Head Men’s Basketball Coach at the University of San Diego,” said Bill McGillis, USD Executive Director of Athletics. “Coach Scholl embodies everything we are looking for in a head coach – tremendous character, integrity and values that match USD; the expertise and experience necessary to teach the game, and compete, at a championship level against some of the nation’s very best coaches; and a true servant-leadership heart that will positively impact the student-athletes in our program for rest of their lives. I am very confident that Coach Scholl is the right leader for our program in 2018 and beyond and the right leader to seize on the immediate opportunity in front of us. I believe Coach Scholl, and the other members of our coaching staff, will take this talented roster of outstanding young men and win at a very high level next season, while also cementing a strong foundation for long-term success. We have great momentum in our program right now, and the trajectory of the program is obvious having gone from 9 wins, to 13 wins to 20 wins over the last three years. Coach Scholl has made immense contributions in our recent success, and, as importantly, has played an integral role in building a really special culture within our locker room.”

Scholl, led the Toreros to a 2-2 record at the end of this season, including a run to the quarterfinals of the Postseason Tournament. In the postseason USD earned wins over Hartford (88-72) and Portland State (67-64) before falling to Northern Colorado (86-75). The Toreros finished with an overall record of 20-14 marking just the fourth time for the program to reach 20 or more wins at the NCAA Division I level. Fifteen of this season’s sixteen players return next year including Isaiah Pineiro (All-WCC First Team, 15.7 points per game, 6.2 rebounds per game), Isaiah Wright (All-WCC Second Team, 13.4 points per game, 5.3 assists per game) and Olin Carter III (All-WCC Honorable Mention, 12.4 points per game).



“I am extremely humbled and honored to be the next Head Men's Basketball Coach at this very prestigious university,” said Sam Scholl. “I deeply appreciate this tremendous opportunity that has been given to me by our President, Dr. James. T. Harris, and our Executive Director of Athletics, Bill McGillis. I have learned so much from them and can't wait to play a role in the tremendous campus community they have built here at USD. I am thrilled to continue this journey with the tremendous group of young men that are in our program. They are an absolute joy to work with every day and we can't wait to continue working towards the great success that is ahead of them. Gig Harbor, Washington set the foundation for me, but the University of San Diego made me who I am today. We are going to strive to be champions’ everyday on and off the floor and I can't wait to play a role in leading our players and future Toreros to be champions in the future."


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