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Wade Scott enters his eighth season with the University of Houston women's basketball program and his third as the team's associate head coach.
The Cougars enjoyed one of their finest seasons in program history in Scott's first season as associate head coach during the 2010-11 campaign, posting a 26-6 overall record and returning to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 2004-05 season.
Under Scott's tutelage, forward Courtney Taylor (2007-11) enjoyed one of the finest careers in program history, holding all-time records with 60 double-doubles and 1,165 rebounds while ranking fourth with 1,684 points. Taylor was twice named the Conference USA Player of the Year and ended her career averaging a double-double (14.4 points, 10.0 rebounds).
Former standout Lesslee Mason (2009-11) also flourished under Scott, averaging 9.7 points and 9.0 rebounds per game while ranking 10th all-time with 16 double-doubles in just two seasons.
Scott joined the Cougars after spending the 2005-06 season at Trinity Valley Community College, where he served as an assistant coach. He was responsible for on-the-floor coaching, development of practice plans, recruiting of potential student-athletes and game preparation. At TVCC, he worked for legendary junior college head coach Leon Spencer. Spencer has won over 800 games in 43 seasons as head coach.
Prior to his time at TVCC, Scott was the head women's basketball coach at Grayson County College from 2003-05. At Grayson, Scott was instrumental in the development of UH player Ryan Meyers. His squad won 20 games during the 2004-05 season, finished second in the North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference with a 10-4 record and always qualified for the Region V Tournament. He coached a number of players who won NTJCAC honors during his two-year tenure.
From 2001-03, Scott had a 36-19 record as the head women's coach at Clarendon College, a member of the Western Junior College Athletic Conference. While at Clarendon, he coached future UH standout Sancho Lyttle, who was selected as the fifth overall pick in the 2005 WNBA Draft by the Houston Comets.
During his tenure, his team had its first 20-win season in over five years, earned a win over the No. 10 ranked New Mexico Junior College and had the school's first-ever win over South Plains College. Four members of his 2003 starting five signed with Division I universities to play basketball.
Scott was the head men's basketball coach at Western Oklahoma State College from 1995-2001. During his time, the team participated in the Bi-State Regional Tournament in four of his six years. He developed two All-Region players and four of his athletes received scholarships to Division I schools.
He spent the 1994-95 season as the head boy's basketball coach at Yale High School in Yale, Okla. He led a turnaround that saw the team win 11 games after earning just three victories the year before. Two of his varsity players earned basketball scholarships. His junior varsity team went undefeated. Scott also worked as an assistant baseball coach and a physical education instructor at the elementary, junior high and high school level.
His first coaching opportunity came during the 1993-94 season when Scott was an assistant men's coach at the New Mexico Military Institute. Working under head coach Reggie Franklin, Scott's duties included on-the-floor coaching, opponent scouting and game preparation. He was also one of only two people in the history of NMMI to work as a student teacher.
Scott played for three different teams during his collegiate career. He started at UT Arlington (1988), spent one year at Frank Phillips College (1989-90) prior to closing out his career at Eastern New Mexico from 1990-92.
The Roswell, N.M., native earned his bachelor's degree in kinesiology and secondary education from Eastern New Mexico in 1993. In 2001, Scott received his master's degree, also in kinesiology from Midwestern State University. He and his wife Stephanie were married in June of 2006. They have a daughter, Taylor.