Sam Scholl

Samuel Elden Scholl (born November 11, 1977) is an American college basketball coach who is the current head men's basketball coach at the University of San Diego.[1]

Sam Scholl
Sam Scholl in 2017.jpg
Scholl in 2017.
Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamSan Diego
Record32–40 (.444)
Biographical details
Born (1977-11-11) November 11, 1977 (age 42)
Gig Harbor, Washington
Playing career
1996–1998Tacoma CC
1998–2000San Diego
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2000–2007San Diego (asst.)
2007–2015Santa Clara (asst.)
2015–2018San Diego (asst.)
2018–presentSan Diego
Head coaching record
Overall32–39 (.451)
Tournaments0–1 (NIT)
2–1 (CIT)

Playing careerEdit

Scholl started his playing career at Tacoma Community College for two seasons before transferring to the University of San Diego to complete his playing eligibility under Brad Holland with the San Diego Toreros.[2]

Coaching careerEdit

After graduation, Scholl joined Holland's staff and stayed with the Toreros for seven seasons, where he was part of the team's 2003 NCAA Tournament appearance.[3] In 2007, Scholl joined Kerry Keating's staff at Santa Clara, where he stayed until 2015, and was a part of the school's 2011 CIT Championship and 2013 CBI Championship winning squads.[4]

Scholl rejoined the Toreros staff under Lamont Smith. In February 2018, Smith was placed on leave pending a domestic violence charge against him, and resigned 10 days after his arrest, leaving Scholl to coach the team on an interim basis.[5][6] Scholl coached the team in the 2018 CIT, reaching the quarterfinals before falling to eventual champion Northern Colorado.

On April 2, 2018, San Diego lifted the interim tag and named Scholl the permanent head coach, the 13th head coach in Toreros history.[1][7]

Head coaching recordEdit


Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
San Diego (West Coast Conference) (2018–present)
2017–18 San Diego 2–2 CIT Quarterfinals
2018–19 San Diego 21–15 7–9 7th NIT First Round
2019–20 San Diego 9–23 2–14 9th Postseason not held
San Diego: 32–40 (.444) 9–23 (.281)

Scholl coached final 4 games.

Total: 32–40 (.444)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. ^ a b "USD To Introduce Sam Scholl as Head Men's Basketball Coach".
  2. ^ "Sam Scholl College Stats - College Basketball at". College Basketball at
  3. ^ " Sam Scholl Bio - University of San Diego Official Athletic Site University of San Diego Official Athletic Site - Men's Basketball".
  4. ^ "Santa Clara". Santa Clara.
  5. ^ "San Diego basketball coach Lamont Smith resigns".
  6. ^ Posner, Don Norcross & Jay. "Lamont Smith resigns as USD men's basketball coach".
  7. ^ Norcross, Don. "USD names Sam Scholl new men's basketball coach".