July 3, 2006
Scott Garson, who for the last two seasons has been UCLA men's basketball video coordinator and before coming to Westwood served five seasons on Rick Majerus'staff at Utah, has been promoted to the position of Bruin assistant basketball coach, UCLA head coach Ben Howland announced Monday. Last week, the Bruins lost assistant Ernie Zeigler when he was named the new head coach at Central Michigan University.
"I'm very excited with Scott Garson's move to full-time assistant coach status," Howland said. "For the last two years he's done a great job as our video coordinator. He brings a proven college basketball background to our staff and program. Before coming to UCLA, he worked on Coach Majerus' staff at Utah. I respect Rick and during his head coaching career thought he was one of the best in the business. Scott Garson is a tireless worker, with great knowledge of the game and proven people skills. His promotion keeps the continuity within our staff."
Garson brings to the Bruin staff, joining assistants Donny Daniels and Kerry Keating, along with Director of Operations Chris Carlson (all entering their fourth season), diverse experience at the collegiate level involving coaching, film breakdown and administrative duties. As UCLA's video coordinator, his responsibilities included - creating all video edits for game preparation; opponent scouting and self-scouting, preparing scouting reports; providing video for all recruiting efforts and special events and the production of highlight films. Garson also assisted in the direction of the UCLA boys basketball summer camps and handled other administrative duties in the basketball office.
Prior to coming to UCLA, he served five seasons on the Utah staff, including two as the Utes' video coordinator. During the 2003-04 season, when Majerus retired for health reasons, Garson was promoted to assistant coach. He spent the summer/fall 2003 on the road assisting in Utah's recruiting efforts. Before taking over as the Utes' video coordinator in 2002-03, Garson served as an administrative assistant, assistant video coordinator and head manager with the Utes for three years. He also directed the Rick Majerus Basketball Camps for three summers. Garson, 30, went to Utah from Pepperdine, where he was the administrative assistant and video coordinator for the Waves during the 1998-99 season. He also served as the director of the Junior Waves Basketball Camp. While still in college at UC Santa Barbara, Garson was the varsity assistant coach and junior varsity head coach at Santa Barbara HS from 1996-98.
Garson, born April 24, 1976 in Calabasas, CA, graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a BA in law and society in 1999 and earned an MS in sport psychology from Utah (2003). He was a walkon pitcher with the Gauchos baseball team as a sophomore. He spent his freshman season (1994-95) at Washington University in St. Louis, MO, where he played basketball and baseball. Garson was a two-time All-League selection in basketball and baseball and was an All-State performer (1994) in basketball at Harvard-Westlake HS in North Hollywood, CA (1991-94).
His father (Lee, a 1969 UCLA graduate), mother (Corinne) and brother (Chad) all reside in the Los Angeles area.