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Former Detroit Mercy women’s basketball coach Bernard Scott opening own basketball training academy

By: , June 1, 2020, 1:27 pm

It took Bernard Scott a few months to find another gig after being let go as the women’s basketball coach at the University of Detroit Mercy, but now that he did, he’s got an incredible working relationship with his boss.

It’s himself.

A veteran of 19 seasons of college coaching, Scott announced his plans Monday for the B. Scott Academy, a basketball training organization which will be housed in Youngstown, Ohio, but plans to serve players from all over, and from grade four up through college. 

“I’m pumped up, y’all. I’m so excited,” Scott said in a video he posted on Twitter. 

“I’m here to help. I’m here to get players better, build their confidence, like I’ve always done. I’ve done it for 19 years at the college level. Now I get to go out on my own, and help individuals — with no rules; no recruiting rules, no rules — I’m looking forward to that. But I’m also looking forward to doing what I enjoy, and that’s coach the game of basketball, and teach young individuals.”

According to the academy’s website (CLICK HERE), it plans to start workouts and clinics in July. 

Scott was let go by the Titans on March 19. Detroit Mercy hired former Eastern Michigan (2007-12) and Virginia Union (20015-20) head coach AnnMarie Gilbert to replace him a little over a month later. 

In his five seasons at the helm of the program, Scott took the Titans to the Horizon League championship in 2017, his second season, the first for the program since 2012, but the Titans fell off over the next three seasons, and were just 43-109 overall in his tenure. 

Scott coached at Toledo, Dayton, Arizona, Youngstown State and Cleveland State in his career, and helped develop 14 all-conference players in that time, five of those in his years at Detroit. The Cleveland native, a McDonalds All-American nominee in high school, played collegiately at Toledo. 

He even poked a little bit of fun at himself in his introduction video, saying with a wry grin and a chuckle: “One thing I can tell you is that B. Scott won’t be firing B. Scott, so we’re going to be here for a while.”

(Photo courtesy of Bernard Scott)