Ed Schilling enters his second as an assistant coach at UCLA in 2014-15.
Working alongside head coach Steve Alford in 2013-14, Schilling helped guide the Bruins to a 28-9 overall record, the Pac-12 Tournament Championship and UCLA’s first appearance in the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16 since 2008.
During the 2013-14 season, UCLA ranked No. 11 in the country in scoring (81.2 points per game). Stellar guard play helped the Bruins record the third-highest assist turnover ratio in the country (1.7) and the fifth-best assists per game average (17.2 apg). UCLA ranked fourth, nationally, with 9.2 steals per game and 10th in turnover margin (+4.1). Schilling also helped the Bruins secure a highly-acclaimed incoming class for the 2014-15 season, a group ranked as high as No. 3, nationally.
Schilling arrived at UCLA in April 2013 after having spent the previous four seasons as head coach at Park Tudor High School in Indianapolis. He guided the Panthers to an 87-18 record in four years, securing two IHSAA Class 2A state titles and a runner-up finish.
In 2012-13, Park Tudor won the Marion Court championship and broke the regular-season win record. In 2010-11 and 2011-12, Park Tudor made historic runs to win back-to-back IHSAA Class 2A state championship after having finished as runner-up in 2009-10.
As head coach at Park Tudor, Schilling’s work proved instrumental in the development of Yogi Ferrell, who graduated in 2011 and enrolled at Indiana University. As a freshman at Indiana in 2012-13, Ferrell earned Big Ten All-Freshman Team honors after finishing with 7.6 points and 4.1 assists per game. In addition, Ferrell was named an honorable mention All-Big Ten Team selection by the media.
In addition, Schilling spent time from May through September preparing athletes each year for professional basketball with St. Vincent’s Sports Performance and its NBA readiness program. His pre-draft preparation included working with over 60 high-profile young players, including No. 1 NBA Draft selection Greg Oden, Mike Conley, Mario Chalmers, Gordon Heyward, Carl Landry, Jeff Teague, Marquis Teague, Cody Zeller and many others.
From 2007 to 2013, Schilling has served as a head coach for Adidas Nations, coaching and training the Adidas High School All-American Team in national and international competition. In addition, he has served as executive director and trainer at Champions Academy, a not-for-profit basketball organization for youth and college-aged athletes in Indianapolis.
Prior to his work with Adidas Nations and Champions Academy, Schilling had served as an assistant coach at Memphis for two seasons (2003-04, 2004-05) after having been the head coach at Wright State for six years (1998-2003). In his two seasons on staff at Memphis, the Tigers compiled a 44-24 record.
In his first season (2003-04) as an assistant coach at Memphis working alongside head coach John Calipari, Schilling helped the Tigers post a 22-8 overall record and a 12-4 mark in Conference USA, winning a share of the league regular-season title, the program’s first conference championship since 1995-96. Memphis also made a return trip to the NCAA Tournament and recorded a first-round victory over South Carolina before finishing the season ranked No. 24 in the Associated Press poll.
The following year (2004-05), Memphis went 22-16 overall and posted a 9-7 mark in Conference USA action.
Schilling arrived at Memphis after a six-year run as the head coach at Wright State, helping the Raiders produce a 75-93 overall record. Among the biggest wins in program history occurred Dec. 30, 1999 (during Schilling’s third season), when Wright State defeated then-No. 6 Michigan State, 53-49, in front of a near-capacity crowd at WSU’s Nutter Center. Many basketball analysts referred to that win as the most significant upset of the decade. Michigan State captured the NCAA Championship later that season.
In his fourth season at Wright State (2000-01), the Raiders opened the season with a 9-1 record, the best Division I start in school history. Wright State closed the season with an 18-11 overall record and an 8-6 mark in the Midwestern Collegiate Conference. The Raiders advanced to the semifinals of the MCC Tournament. That season, Schilling was named 2001 MCC Coach of the Year by CollegeInsider.com.
During the 2001-02 season, Schilling’s fifth at Wright State, the Raiders defeated No. 20-ranked Butler in double overtime on the road in Hinkle Fieldhouse, 90-87. Schilling helped Wright State record a 17-11 mark that season. The Raiders went 10-18 in 2002-03, Schilling’s final season at the helm.
Schilling was a member of Calipari’s coaching staff at the University of Massachusetts (Amherst, Mass.) during the 1995-96 season. That year, the Minutemen advanced to the Final Four and posted a 35-2 overall record.
When Calipari was named the vice president of basketball operations and basketball coach with the New Jersey Nets, Schilling joined him as an assistant coach (1996-97). His rise in the coaching profession was chronicled in Sports Illustrated, as he became the only coach to advance from the high school coaching ranks to the Final Four and then to the bench of an NBA team in a period of 310 days.
Following his time with the New Jersey Nets, Schilling was named Wright State’s head coach.
After graduating from Miami University in Ohio in the spring of 1988, Schilling served as a high school head coach for the next seven years – three years (1989-91) at Western Boone High School in Thorntown, Ind., and four years (1992-95) as head coach at Logansport High School in Logansport, Ind.
In his third and final season at Western Boone (1990-91), Schilling led the program to a school record for single-season wins. Playing in arguably the most competitive prep conference in the country, Logansport’s basketball program improved each of Schilling’s four seasons. In his final two years, his teams won consecutive sectional championships while compiling the most wins at Logansport in more than 20 years.
Schilling was a four-year starting point guard at Miami University in Ohio from 1985-88. He was a two-time captain and, playing alongside Ron Harper, Schilling helped lead the school to a pair of NCAA Tournament berths. He was a three-time academic all-conference selection and is still the single-game assist record holder in the Mid-American Conference. He also established single-game, season and career assist records at Miami University.
Schilling, 48, has also co-authored two books – Guard Play, co-authored by Steve Alford, and Five Star Basketball, which was written with Howard Garfinkel. A native of Lebanon, Ind., Schilling has three daughters, Christiana, Natalie and Ava, and one son, Edmund Cross (Eddie). Schilling and his wife, April, had their first child together (Ava) in June 2013.