USD Retains Scholl as Head Basketball Coach

Former assistant Sam Scholl will be given the Toreros full-time top job

On Tuesday the University of San Diego will officially make Sam Scholl the permanent men's head basketball coach.

Scholl was an assistant who took over after Lamont Smith was arrested for an alleged domestic violence in the Bay Area. Scholl led the Toreros to a 2-2 record, including two wins the post-season Tournament.

“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 USD Athletics Director Bill McGillis in a statement. “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."

Scholl played for the Toreros from 1998-2000 and at the age of 40 already has 18 years of coaching experience under his belt. He was an assistant on Brad Holland's staff in the early-2000's then made an eight year stint at Santa Clara before returning to USD to join Smith's staff three years ago.

“I am extremely humbled and honored to be the next Head Men's Basketball Coach at this very prestigious university,” said Scholl in a statement. “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."

The hiring will be formally announced at a press conference on campus at 12:30 in the afternoon.

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