Scott Cooper enters his fourth season at the helm of the IU South Bend men's basketball program.
Cooper led the Titans to the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament championship game during the 2015-16 season, the first championship appearance in program history. Cooper's high-octane offense ranked sixth in NAIA Division II in total 3-point field goals made (338) and eighth in 3-point field goals made per game (10.242). The Titans finished with an overall record of 19-14, a drastic improvement from a 12-19 season in 14-15.
In 2014-15, the Titans saw improvement from Cooper’s first season on the sidelines. The Titans were among the best in the nation in three point field goals made and three point field goals attempted. Oosha Mitchell was named Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year under Cooper’s tutelage in 2014-15. Cooper led the Titans to the United States Collegiate Athletic Association National Tournament where they fell to eventual national champion, Daeman College. Coach Cooper's 14-15 squad set the school record for most wins against ranked teams with four wins against teams ranked in the NAIA Top-25 or receiving votes.
In his first season, the Titans finished with a 12-18 overall record and an 8-11 record in CCAC action. Cooper led the Titans to a CCAC Tournament appearance and came up short in the first round, falling to Roosevelt, 73-68 in overtime.
Coach Cooper has posted a career record of 56-68 (.452) including a 31-49 (.386) mark in CCAC action.
Cooper, a Wooster, Ohio native, served as the assistant coach at Ohio Wesleyan University for the past two seasons. During his time at OWU, the Battling Bishops compiled a remarkable overall record of 43-14.
He brings with him over a decade of experience successfully coaching for programs that regularly compete on a regional and national level. The past three seasons alone the teams that he has coached have averaged 21 wins per season, been ranked both regionally and nationally, received two NCAA Tournament bids, and won a conference championship.
Cooper began his coaching career in 2002 at Alfred University where he spent six seasons as an assistant coach. In 2004, the Saxons recorded the largest single-season improvement in the NCAA Division III East region. From 2008-2010, he returned to his alma mater of Allegheny College, where he served as an assistant men's basketball coach, helping the team jump from seventh to third in the North Coast Athletic Conference standings. His next stop took him to Alderson-Broaddus College, where he was an assistant men's basketball coach during the 2010-11 season.
As a player at Allegheny College, Cooper was a three year starter on the men’s basketball squad. He helped the Gators advance to the NCAA Division III tournament his freshman campaign. Cooper earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics with a minor in psychology from Allegheny College and holds a master's of science degree in education from Alfred University.
Coach Cooper and his wife, Janelle, reside in Mishawaka, Indiana with their dog "Titan"
|1||T.J. Benner||JR||G||6-3||Mishawaka, Indiana||Mishawaka High School|
|2||Avery Harmon||SR||G||5-11||Broadview, Illinois||University of Wisconsin Parkside|
|3||Matt Bullinger||JR||F||6-5||Jackson, Michigan||Jackson College|
|4||Jeremy Jones||JR||G||6-2||Fort Wayne, Indiana||North Side High School|
|5||Myluv Sutton||SO||F||6-5||Fort Wayne, Indiana||North Side High School|
|13||Jackson Edwards||FR||G||6-1||Knightstown, Indiana||Knightstown High School|
|14||Jordan Vedder||FR||F||6-7||Geneva, Illinois||Geneva High School|
|23||Jordon Arch*||FR||G||6-1||Mishawaka, Indiana||Mishawaka High School|
|24||Alex Harmon||FR||F||6-7||Wabash, Indiana||Southwood High School|
|30||Jurod Wooden||FR||G||6-2||South Bend, Indiana||Purdue University Calumet|
|33||Taylor Brooks||JR||F||6-6||Granger, Indiana||Penn High School|
|40||Rashaan Jackson||SO||G/F||6-3||Warsaw, Indiana||Warsaw High School|