HEAD COACH BERNARD SCOTT
Bernard Scott enters his second season as the head coach of the Detroit Mercy women's basketball program in 2016-17 after leading the Titans to a 15-15 mark and fourth-place finish in the Horizon League in his first season in 2015-16.
The undermanned Titans, who played most of the 2015-16 season with just eight players, had an 11-7 record in the Horizon League overall in Scott's first season as head coach. The 15-15 overall mark was Detroit Mercy's first winning record since the 2012-13 campaign.
Scott's first career head coaching victory came on Nov. 29, 2015 when the Titans defeated Niagara, 80-75, in Detroit at Calihan Hall. It was the start of a four-game win streak at home, which included a victory over Cincinnati.
Under the guidance of Scott, Detroit finished fourth in the Horizon League during the regular season. The Titans were especially strong on the road during league play, turning in a school-record 7-2 mark in nine conference away contests.
Detroit didn't have back-to-back losses during the Horizon League season and swept the season series with Milwaukee, Cleveland State and Valparaiso, while also earning road wins at Wright State, UIC, Oakland and Youngstown State.
Scott also led the Titans to their first 10-win season in league play since 2011-12. Detroit set school records in 3-pointers made and free-throw percentage.
In Horizon League games, coach Scott's squad led the conference in field goal percentage (42.7) and 3-point field goal percentage (34.1). Detroit's 106 blocks were also its most since the 2006-07 campaign and the Titans ranked 17th in the NCAA in fewest turnovers and 23rd in 3-point field goals per game.
Guard Rosanna Reynolds was named First Team All-Conference, while forward Brianne Cohen was named the Horizon League Sixth Player of the Year. Cohen had the largest scoring jump in school history from one season to the next. Detroit had three of the top 10 scorers in the conference.
Under Scott, Detroit had an RPI jump of 100 spots during the season, going from 257 at the beginning of the year to as high as 147 by the completion of the 2015-16 year.
Scott was named the 11th head women’s basketball coach in Titans’ history on Tuesday, May 5, 2015. Prior to taking his first head coaching job with the Titans, Scott was previously the associate head coach of women's basketball at Cleveland State.
Scott, a 16-year collegiate coaching veteran, has tutored nine players who have earned All-League honors, and three who were named to their respective Freshmen All-League Team.
Scott was the assistant coach at Horizon League member Cleveland State for five years and was promoted to associate head coach prior to the 2013-14 campaign. During that time, he helped the program win 79 games, make two trips to the Horizon League Championship Semifinals and earned two postseason bids, reaching the quarterfinals of the Women’s Basketball Invitational (WBI) in 2011 and the first round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) in 2015.
In 2014-15, Cleveland State placed third in the Horizon League, two spots higher than the previous year, and had a 19-13 overall record, five more wins than 2012-13 and CSU’s first winning season in the past four years.
Scott was involved in all facets of the Vikings’ program, including recruiting coordinator, on-floor coaching, individual workouts, recruiting and opponent scouting. He also worked daily with the development of CSU’s post players. Under his coaching, the Viking post players recorded 81 double-doubles over the past four seasons, including a pair of triple-doubles.
In his first year at CSU (2010-11), he was an integral part in the Vikings going 21-12, the second most wins in school history and only the second time CSU has ever won more than 20 games in a season. Cleveland State also finished with a 12-6 Horizon League record, which was tied for the most league wins in a season, as well as tying for second place in the regular season standings, the best finish in program history. The Vikings also advanced to the postseason earning the top seed in the West Region of the WBI.
He joined Cleveland State after spending two seasons as an assistant coach at another Horizon League-rival in Youngstown State (2008-10), and has also served as an assistant coach at Arizona (2007-08), Dayton (2005-07) and Toledo (2001-05).
Scott was the lead assistant and recruiting coordinator for the Penguins in his two years at YSU, where he worked daily with the development of the guards. His duties also included on-floor coaching, individual workouts, conditioning and opponent scouting. He also recruited and signed a Horizon League Player of the Year, Capital One First-Team Academic All-America and Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America, as well as a top-100 junior college player.
At Arizona, Scott was responsible for post player development, practice preparation, on-floor coaching and assisting with recruiting. Under his guidance, the Wildcats’ post players tallied 19 double-doubles, which was an improvement from four the previous year. His recruiting efforts also led to the class being ranked 52nd in the nation by All Star Girls Report.
Before his stop out west, Scott was as an assistant coach at Dayton for two years, coaching the Flyers to a 17-12 record in 2005-06, their first winning campaign in five years. While at Dayton, he helped secure the 29th-ranked recruiting class according to the Blue Star Recruiting Service, which included a two-time Ohio Player of the Year and a top-five player from Canada.
He began his career at Toledo, assisting with recruiting, player development, scouting, camps and academics for four years. He was part of the coaching staff that led the Rockets to the 2003 regular season MAC title and a berth in the WNIT.
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Scott earned a degree in Physical Education and Recreation from University of Toledo in 2001, and a master’s degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies from Toledo in 2005.
Scott is married to his wife, Colleen, and the couple has two daughters, Lily (10) and Chloe (4).