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Sam Scholl
Sam  Scholl

Head Coach (1st Year, 10th season overall)


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Sam Scholl, 40, was introduced on April 3, 2018 as 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. The press conference and celebration was held on campus in Forum A of the University Center before a standing-room-only crowd of media, players and coaching staff, family, friends, alumni, donors and USD faculty/staff and administrators.

"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 the 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 over the final four games of the 2017-18 season, including a run to the quarterfinals of the Postseason Tournament. 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."

With eighteen years of coaching experience in the West Coast Conference, Scholl ranks fourth in years of service for active WCC coaches behind Gonzaga's Mark Few (29 years, 19 as head coach), Saint Mary's Randy Bennett (29 years, 17 as head coach at SMC) and San Francisco's Kyle Smith (19 years, two as head coach at USF). Additionally Scholl owns two years of WCC playing time having competed at USD (1998-2000). He was the Toreros' lone senior on the team's 20-9 squad from the 1999-2000 campaign and USD would post a 38-18 two-year record during Scholl's playing career.

Added McGillis, "Coach Scholl has played and coached in the West Coast Conference for 20 years and has an acute understanding of what it will take to be champions in this great league. He is a product of the University of San Diego, and he will continue to build this program the Torero Way."

Following graduation from USD, Scholl would go on to spend seven seasons on the USD coaching staff under former head coach Brad Holland, including helping lead the 2002-03 team to the West Coast Conference Basketball Championship and to the first round of the 2003 NCAA Division I Tournament for the third time in program history. The Toreros finished with winning records in six of Scholl's seven seasons on staff, including three seasons with 18 victories. He also played an integral role in the recruitment of 16 Torero players, including four first-team All-WCC performers, one WCC Newcomer of the Year, and a pair of WCC All-Freshman Team players.

For eight seasons Scholl was on the Santa Clara University staff, and in September of 2013 was promoted to Associate Coach under head coach Kerry Keating. At SCU Scholl helped the Broncos to 26 wins in 2012-13 and 24 victories in 2010-11. The Broncos won the College Basketball Invitational post-season tournament in 2013 and the Postseason Tournament in 2011.

A native of Gig Harbor, Washington, Scholl completed his undergraduate degree in Sociology at USD in 2001. Prior to arriving at USD he played two seasons at Tacoma Community College in Tacoma, Washington, and was the point guard on the 1996 2A Washington State championship team for Gig Harbor High School.

Sam and his wife, Heather, have three daughters - Riley, Reese and Regan.


Mike Brown, Former NBA Head Coach, Golden State Warriors Assistant Coach and Torero Alum -
I am, as well as the other Torero alums that I've spoken to, are thrilled to hear of the announcement of Sam Scholl as Head Coach at the University of San Diego. Sam's leadership, relentless work ethic, and widespread knowledge of the WCC has played an integral role in the programs turnaround over the past few seasons. I'm very excited for the future of Torero basketball with Coach Scholl leading the way.

James Borrego, San Antonio Spurs Assistant Coach and Torero Alum -
I'm very excited for Sam and USD. He's someone who knows USD, has great passion and enthusiasm for this program and will lead it forward in a very bright future. I've always admired his work ethic, basketball knowledge and ability to connect with today's student athlete. We're in good hands with Sam and look forward to seeing him build on this past season.

Brian Dutcher, Head Men's Basketball Coach at San Diego State University -
I have known Sam for many years both as a friend and competitor and can't think of a better coach and person to lead Torero Basketball. He will represent USD and the city of San Diego with great class and integrity.

David Fizdale, Former NBA Head Coach and Torero Alum -
With 18 years in the WCC, no one knows the WCC opponents better than Coach Scholl. His work ethic is second to none. Sam will build on the great growth of the program and continue to recruit and develop the highest quality student athlete. As an alum, I'm pumped for the future! Congrats Coach Scholl. Go Toreros!!!

Brad Holland, Former USD Head Men's Basketball Coach -
No one is more prepared to be the next Head Men's Basketball Coach at USD than Sam Scholl. His extensive experience in the West Coast Conference as an assistant coach along with the ability to recruit, communicate and teach will be invaluable to the University.

Kerry Keating, Former Head Men's Basketball Coach at Santa Clara -
Congrats to the Toreros and their new head coach Sam Scholl! Sam is a great man, a family first coach who cares deeply about his player relationships. With Sam having had over two decades in the WCC to cultivate those relationships as an assistant, annually grow as a coach and tactician, and do all things the right way, he is undoubtedly well prepared to take that experience to the Head Coach level. USD couldn't have found a better suited person than one of their own. Congrats to Sam and his family!

Kyle Smith, Head Coach at San Francisco, Former USD Assistant Coach -
The University of San Diego is fortunate to have someone like Sam Scholl leading their men's basketball program. He has committed much of his adult life to developing the character of young student-athletes in the West Coast Conference and his alma Mater. He is a bright, energetic leader who understands the game of basketball, but is an even better role model. The University of San Diego should be proud to have one of their own who will pour his heart and soul into the beloved institution. Sam will lead USD with a strong sense of ethical conduct and compassionate service. Plus, he can flat-out coach!

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