Scott Duncan, who spent the last seven years as an assistant coach at the University of Oregon, has been hired as an assistant coach at UCLA, Bruin head coach Ben Howland announced today. Duncan replaces Kerry Keating, who was announced as the head coach at Santa Clara on April 9, 2007.
"I am very pleased that Scott Duncan has accepted the position of assistant coach," said Howland. "He comes with a great background in coaching and is very well respected as an outstanding recruiter. He is a very experienced coach, an outstanding person and I feel very fortunate to have him join the Bruin family."
Recognized as one of the nation's best assistant coaches and top recruiters, Duncan's hard work and dedication paid off this past season with Oregon reaching the Elite Eight and winning the 2007 Pacific-10 Conference Tournament. That investment continued to pay off with all four freshmen in the recruiting class of 2004 ranked among the nation's top 75. Duncan brings over 25 years of experience as a major college basketball assistant coach.
"When you think of college basketball, the one school that comes to mind to all kids is UCLA," Duncan said. "With all of its national championships, location, rich tradition and history of great coaches and players, UCLA is the pinnacle of college basketball. For someone like me, a person that has devoted his entire life to college basketball, to have an opportunity to work at a place like UCLA, I feel quite lucky and very fortunate."
Duncan was recently named the eighth-best assistant coach in the country by Hoop Scoop, and was recognized as one of the nation's top 25 recruiters by Rivals.com. In 2001, he was noted as one of the hardest working assistant coaches and one of the nation's best recruiters in a pair of surveys compiled by Scout.com's Dave Telep. During the summers of 2002-03, he was an assistant on Ernie Kent's USA Basketball Junior National team trials camp staff.
"A new chapter in my life has opened up and I am very flattered and excited about the opportunity to work at UCLA. I am looking forward to working with Coach Howland, who is considered to be one of the best coaches in all of basketball. The best thing I can do, whether in working with the current student-athletes, or in recruiting, is to devote all of my energy in going towards winning a national championship. Not very many people in my shoes get that opportunity and I certainly don't want to waste that."
The 51-year-old Columbus, Ohio, native has been associated with Division I programs that have advanced to postseason play 15 of the past 21 seasons. Oregon's 2002 NCAA Elite Eight run marked the first time in his coaching career that his team advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
He officially joined the Ducks' coaching staff in 2000 after spending the previous three seasons under Larry Shyatt, assisting Wyoming to its first postseason berth in seven campaigns in 1997-98 before moving with Shyatt to Clemson the following year. During 1998-99, Duncan helped coach the Tigers to their seventh 20-win season (20-15) in school history, while working with ACC scoring leader Terrell McIntyre. He played a major role in the school signing four of the nation's top 100 recruits.
Encompassing a span that began with a two-year stint at Washington State during the 1995-96 season, Duncan has helped attract recruiting classes that have been recognized among the top 25 in the country seven of the last 10 years, including Oregon's 2003 class (No. 15).
Graduating with an undergraduate degree in physical education and economics from the College of Wooster, Ohio, in 1978, the three-year letterman began his coaching career as a part-time assistant for Ray Dieringer at Cleveland State in 1978-79. Two years later, he joined head coach Gary Colson at New Mexico for a 10-year tenure. Duncan also spent time with Colson at Fresno State and then four years at Northern Illinois (1991-92 through 1994-95) under Brian Hammil prior to his stops at Washington State (head coach Kevin Eastman), Wyoming and Clemson.