Men's Basketball Coaching Staff
Scott Garson
Assistant Coach
Coach Info:
Position: Assistant Coach
Experience: 7 Years
Scott Garson enters his ninth season on the UCLA men's basketball staff and his seventh as an assistant coach under head coach Ben Howland.

Garson handles the development of the perimeter players, working on both the offensive and defensive ends. He worked with the post players in 2006-07. Garson also assists in monitoring the Bruins' academic progress.

In his previous eight seasons on the men's basketball staff at UCLA, Garson has helped lead the Bruins to three consecutive Final Fours (2006-08), three consecutive Pac-10 regular-season titles (2006-08) and two Pac-10 Tournament championships (2006, 2008). In six years as an assistant coach, Garson has helped direct UCLA to four NCAA Tournament appearances (2007-09, 2011).

Garson also plays a key role in UCLA's recruiting efforts. In the last five seasons, Garson's recruiting efforts have helped the Bruins land two No. 1-ranked recruiting classes. UCLA's incoming class this season was ranked No. 1 by and No. 2 by and The Bruins' incoming group that entered in the fall of 2008 was hailed as the No. 1-ranked class by, and

Working with UCLA's perimeter players over the past five seasons, Garson has been responsible for the development of five players who were selected in the NBA Draft. In 2009, guards Jrue Holiday and Darren Collison were both drafted in the first round (No. 17 and No. 21, respectively), just one year after guard Russell Westbrook was selected No. 4 overall in the 2008 draft by the Seattle SuperSonics (now Oklahoma City Thunder).

During UCLA's 2004-05 and 2005-06 campaigns, Garson served as UCLA's video coordinator. His responsibilities included creating all video edits for game preparation, opponent scouting and self-scouting and preparing scouting reports. Garson served as a crucial source of information for the team's coaching staff regarding the opponents' personnel and strategic tendencies. He provided video for all recruiting efforts and special events, including the production of highlight films.

Garson continues to assist with the UCLA boys' basketball summer camps, which he directed during his first three years at UCLA.

Prior to coming to UCLA, Garson served for five seasons (1999-2004) on the University of Utah staff under Hall of Fame coach Rick Majerus. During his first three years, he assisted on the staff as a graduate student, earning a master's of science in exercise and sports science with an emphasis in sport psychology in 2003.

While at Utah, Garson served as the team's video coordinator in 2003-04 and assisted with recruiting efforts during the 2004-05 season. He worked with talented center Andrew Bogut, who was selected No. 1 overall in the 2005 NBA Draft, during his tenure with the Utes.

As a graduate student at Utah, Garson served as an administrative assistant and head manager. He directed the Rick Majerus Basketball Camps for three summers. In five seasons at Utah, the Utes won four Mountain West Conference championships and participated in four NCAA Tournaments.

Garson, 36, came to Utah from Pepperdine, where he served as an administrative assistant and video coordinator for the Waves in 1998-99 under former UCLA assistant coach and current Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar. Garson also served as the director of the Junior Waves Basketball Camp.

In 1995, Garson coached the Los Angeles Maccabi 13-14 year-old basketball team with his father, Lee. For two seasons (1996-98), he served as the varsity assistant boys' coach and junior varsity head boys' coach at Santa Barbara High School.

Garson graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in law and society. He earned his master's of science in exercise and sports science with an emphasis in sport psychology from the University of Utah in 2003.

As a freshman at Washington University in St. Louis (Mo.) during the 1994-95 school year, Garson played basketball (guard) and baseball (left-handed pitcher). He was a two-time all-league selection in both sports, securing all-state honors as a senior (1993-94) in basketball at Harvard-Westlake High School (North Hollywood, Calif.).

Garson was born April 24, 1976, in Tarzana, Calif. His father (Lee, 1969 UCLA graduate), mother (Corinne) and brother (Chad) all reside in the Los Angeles area.