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Scott Duncan starts his sixth season with the Wyoming basketball program in 2015-16. He served as an assistant coach under Larry Shyatt in 1997-98 and returned with him as associate head coach in 2011. With more than 34 years of experience as a college basketball assistant coach, Duncan has been associated with Division I programs that have advanced to postseason play in 22 of the last 28 seasons. He helped UW finish 25-10 in 2014-15 to earn the Mountain West tournament title and its first berth in the NCAA tournament since 2001-02.
"Scott has tremendous experience in college basketball and is synonymous with working toward the best interests of the team," Shyatt said at the time of Duncan's hiring. "He is not only a lifelong friend, he is a terrific decision maker and is someone I have relied on many times over my career."
Duncan came to Wyoming from UCLA, where he served as an assistant coach for the Bruins for the previous four seasons. During his time at UCLA, the Bruins went a combined 98-42 overall and 50-22 in Pac-10 Conference play. The Bruins advanced to three NCAA Tournaments--reaching the Final Four in 2008, the Second Round in 2009 and the Sweet 16 in 2011. The 2007-08 Bruins won the Pac-10 regular-season championship, as well as the league's postseason tournament.
Duncan continued to prove himself as a top national recruiter while at UCLA. The 2010 UCLA recruiting class was ranked No. 15 nationally by ESPN.com and the 2009 Bruins' class was ranked No. 4 by Scout.com.
Prior to making the move to UCLA, Duncan was an assistant coach at Oregon for seven years (2000-07). During his time in Eugene, the Ducks won three Pac-10 titles (the 2002 regular-season championship and the 2003 and 2007 tournament championships). Oregon also reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament twice (2002 and 2007).
Duncan proved himself as a terrific recruiter at Oregon, highlighted by the Ducks' 2004 recruiting class that featured all four freshmen who were ranked among the nation's top-75 players in the country.
Duncan has been honored numerous times as one of the top assistant coaches and recruiters in the country. He was recently named the eighth-best assistant in the country by Hoop Scoop and one of the nation's top-25 recruiters by Rivals.com. In 2001, he was selected as both one of the hardest-working assistant coaches and best recruiters in the nation in a pair of surveys compiled by Rivals.com's Dave Telep. In his coaching career, Duncan has helped attract recruiting classes that have been recognized among the top 25 in the country in 10 of the last 13 years.
In 2002-03, he served as an assistant on the USA Basketball Junior National Team trials camp staff.
Prior to taking the job at Oregon, Duncan spent three seasons as an assistant to Shyatt. He was with Shyatt for two seasons at Clemson (1998-00) and the one season at Wyoming. After leading the Cowboys to a 19-9 record and the NIT in 1997-98, he helped lead Clemson to a 20-15 record in 1998-99, coached the ACC's leading scorer in Terrell McIntyre and helped the school sign four of the nation's top-100 recruits.
Other coaching stops for Duncan include Washington State (1995-97), Northern Illinois (1991-95), Fresno State (1991), New Mexico (1980-90) and Cleveland State (1978-80).
Duncan was born on Sept. 18, 1955 in Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated from the College of Wooster (Wooster, Ohio) in 1978 with a degree in physical education and economics. He was a two-year letterman in basketball for the Fighting Scots.
"Thirteen years ago, we had a great year here at Wyoming," Duncan said. "We were fortunate enough to win 19 games, make the NIT, have a few big crowds and bring in some great young men who ended up winning a couple Mountain West Conference Championships. What I am most looking forward to this time around is the challenge of duplicating that success.
"There are two reasons I decided to come back to Wyoming. The first is the relationship I have with Larry--we are best friends. It is also exciting to be able to coach with Jeremy, as I have known him since he was born. The second reason would be our relationship with Tom Burman. He was one of our best friends when we were here the first time, and to have him as our athletics director makes it a special time to come back. At this stage in my career, it is all about relationships and I am thrilled to be working with the people I am."