Tom Crean and the Georgia basketball program are now looking for a new assistant coach after Joe Scott’s departure to become the head coach at Air Force.
Scott served as an assistant to Crean in each of the last two seasons. This will be Scott’s second stint as the Air Force head coach, as he previously served in the role from 2000-’04.
“I would like to thank Nathan Pine for the opportunity to return to the Academy, as we pursue our common goal of reenergizing Air Force basketball,” Scott said in a statement. “Thank you to our Superintendent, Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria, members of the search committee and everyone else at the Academy connected with the search process. It was a first-class operation all the way.”
Scott also has head coaching stops at Princeton and Denver as well. He has a 235-240 record in his 16 seasons as a head coach.
The Georgia basketball team went 16-16 in Crean’s second season, but it did end with a win over Ole Miss in the SEC tournament. The season was canceled before the completion of the 2020 season due to the outbreak of COVID-19.
This is the second straight season that Crean will have had to replace an assistant, as Amir Abdur-Rahim was hired last offseason to be the head coach at Kennesaw State. He was replaced on staff by John Linehan.
In other recent Georgia basketball news, the Bulldogs saw both Anthony Edwards and Rayshaun Hammonds declared for the 2020 NBA Draft. Edwards is widely expected to be a high lottery pick, with some even expecting him to be the top pick in the draft. Hammonds though does have the option of still returning to school for what would be his senior season.