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Wagers Named USF Men's Basketball Assistant Coach

March 25, 2017
By  USF

Former Jacksonville University assistant coach, Robinson High School head coach brings strong ties to Hillsborough County and Florida recruiting

TAMPA, MARCH 25, 2017 – University of South Florida head men’s basketball coach Brian Gregory has announced the addition of Scott Wagers as a Bulls’ assistant coach.

A highly successful recruiter in Hillsborough County and the state of Florida, Wagers most recently was an assistant coach at Jacksonville University (2014-17). He also served five seasons as head coach at Robinson High School (1994-99) in Tampa, leading the Knights to four divisional championships and two regional championships.

“I am unbelievably excited to have Scott Wagers join our staff at USF,” said Gregory. “Scott is a tireless recruiter with local and national ties, building impactful relationships in the footprints of South Florida and the entire state. He had great success at Robinson and has been able to continue that success at the collegiate level. Scott brings instant credibility to our recruiting philosophy within the Bay Area and the entire state. He has proven the ability to build tremendous relationships, is a fantastic teacher and has experienced the rebuild process at the high school and collegiate level. We are excited to welcome the Wagers family into our Bulls Nation and look forward to the great success we will enjoy in the future.”

In his three seasons at JU, Wagers helped the Dolphins post back-to-back winning seasons and also notched a 13-game home winning streak, the program’s longest such stretch in 42 years. He served as an assistant coach on the Lamar Cardinals staff in the 2013-14 season.

Wagers began his collegiate coaching career at East Tennessee State in 2000-01. During his 13 years in Johnson City, Wagers helped the Buccaneers earn six postseason berths, including four NCAA tournament appearances, and five regular season conference titles.

While at Robinson High School, Wagers led the Knights to the 1997-98 Florida High School state semifinals. The Knights were recognized as the St. Petersburg Times/Tampa Tribune Team of the Year and Wagers was named the Tampa Bay Basketball Coaches’ Association Coach of the Year.

In the early 1990s, he was a head coach of Washburn High School (Tenn.) and earned the Tennessee Athletic Coaches’ Association District 1A Coach of the Year award in 1993-94.

Additionally, Wagers was recognized by Nike Villa 7 as one of the Top 60 assistant coaches in NCAA Division 1 men’s basketball in 2011. He was only one of two mid-major coaches in the country to appear on the list.

A student-athlete himself, Wagers played college basketball at Tennessee Wesleyan and graduated in 1989 with a B.S. in Health and Physical Education.

Scott and his wife, Stacey, have two children, Luke and Lola.

About USF Men’s Basketball

The USF men’s basketball team is led by head coach Brian Gregory. On March 22, Gregory was introduced as the 10th permanent head coach in program history. He previously led programs at Georgia Tech (2011-16) and Dayton (2003-11). Gregory spent nearly a decade as an assistant coach under Michigan State’s Hall of Fame head coach Tom Izzo and helped the Spartans win the 2000 NCAA National Championship. Gregory brings nearly 250 career head coaching wins and six postseason appearances, including the 2010 NIT Championship, to Tampa.

USF has retired three numbers in its 47-year history: Chucky Atkins (12), Charlie Bradley (30) and Radenko Dobras (31). The Bulls have earned three NCAA tournament bids and appeared in the NIT eight times.

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