COURTESY: Arkansas State
JONESBORO, Ark. (7/1/14) – Mike Scutero, an experienced coach in the collegiate ranks, has been named an assistant for the Arkansas State University men’s basketball program in an announcement made this Tuesday (July 1) by A-State head coach John Brady.
Scutero arrives to A-State after serving as an assistant men’s basketball coach at Kennesaw (Ga.) State for the 2013-14 season. Scutero, who has over a combined 15 years of coaching experience in the NCAA Division I, junior college, high school and AAU ranks, spent the previous four seasons (2009-13) at former Sun Belt Conference (SBC) member Middle Tennessee State.
“Mike is a highly-motivated, high-energy coach who works great with people,” said Brady, who starts his seventh year at A-State this upcoming 2014-15 season. “He understands every aspect of a Division I program from recruiting, academics, budget, and the coaching side. Mike has been exposed to what makes a successful Division I program having been an assistant at Middle Tennessee under my good friend Kermit Davis. I first met Mike at an AAU Tournament when I was at LSU and liked him then.
I’m excited what he brings to our program,” added Brady.
While at Kennesaw State, Scutero served as the Owls’ recruiting coordinator and was responsible for all aspects associated with recruiting. He assisted with on floor coaching in practice and oversaw opponent scouting under head coach Lewis Preston.
“I’m very humble, appreciative and thankful for this opportunity to work for Coach Brady, who’s such a well respected coach and a proven winner,” said Scutero. “My family and I are excited to join the Arkansas State Red Wolf Family.”
During his tenure at Middle Tennessee State, Scutero was a part of three (2010-11, 2011-12, and 2012-13) Sun Belt Conference Championship and three postseason teams (College Insider Tournament, National Invitational Tournament, and NCAA Tournament) as a member of head coach Kermit Davis’ staff. Scutero, who recruited and coached MTSU’s first SBC Player of the Year (LaRon Dendy) and Conference USA Player of the Year (Bruce Massey Jr.), was the assistant to the head coach and director of basketball operations at MTSU. The Blue Raiders not only posted the most single-season victories (28) in the program’s history, but also made their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 24 years and ranked top 10 nationally with a combined 55 wins over a two-season period.
Prior to MTSU, Scutero was the associate men’s basketball head coach and recruiting coordinator at Odessa (Texas) College from 2004-09. He helped guide the Wranglers’ to three consecutive 20-plus win seasons, a 2007 Western Junior College Athletic Conference championships, and a top 10-place ranking in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Poll each campaign under NJCAA Hall of Fame Coach Dennis Helms.
Scutero started his coaching career as assistant at Lake Howell High School in Winter Park, Fla., where he helped lead LHHS to five state Class 6A and 5A playoff appearances in seven seasons (1996-03). He was a member of the LHHS staff to be recognized three times (1999, 2002, and 2003) as Florida’s State Coaching Staff of the Year. In the 2002-03 season, the SilverHawks compiled a school-record 29 victories (29-7 record) and made their first-ever State Final Four appearance in school history. Scutero then secured an assistant coaching post at Winter Springs (Fla.) High School for the 2003-04 season and played a key role in the Bears registering their winningest season of all time to go with the prep school’s first-ever Class 6A Regional Playoff appearance.
A native of Orlando, Fla., Scutero assisted with the highly-touted Nike Team Florida Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) program which was comprised of the top high school players in the state of Florida and were three time (2001, 2002, and 2004) Florida AAU State Champions.
In a few years of coaching in the high school, AAU, and junior college ranks, Scutero had the opportunity to recruit and coach over 50 players who moved on to NCAA Division I schools and nearly 25 players to play professionally. Some of Scutero’s most notable players are Chandler Parsons (Florida and 2011 SEC Player of the Year) of the National Basketball Association’s Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies’ Nick Calathes (Florida and 2007 McDonalds All American), and Sacramento Kings’ Luc Richard Mbah a Boute (UCLA). Brandon Marshall (Central Florida), who plays for the National Football League’s Chicago Bears, was also one of Scutero’s hoops standouts in high school.
Scutero graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2004 with a bachelor of science degree in liberal studies and a minor in athletic coaching. He holds membership in the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).
Scutero and his wife, Kimberly, have two sons – Noah and Kaleb.
“There’s no doubt these two hires (Carlos Wilson and Mike Scutero) will continue our program’s goal of playing in the NCAA Tournament,” said Brady.
Arkansas State has produced 19 victories in each of the last two seasons, including a 19-13 overall ledger for the 2013-14 campaign.