College of Idaho athletic director Reagan Rossi has announced that Coyote men’s basketball coach Scott Garson has resigned effective immediately, to accept an assistant coaching position at NCAA Division I Santa Clara University.
A news conference is scheduled for tomorrow morning (Tuesday) at 10 a.m. inside the foyer of the Marty Holly Athletic Center to announce Garson’s successor.
“I appreciate the time and dedication Scott has shown the College and our men’s basketball program,” Rossi said. “His love for the school has grown and we will always be thankful for his commitment and passion in elevating our program to where it is today.”
Joining a C of I program in 2013 that had not won a postseason game in seven years, Garson led the Coyotes back to prominence. His teams won 20 or more games four times, including a pair of 30-win seasons – winning the Cascade Conference regular-season and tournament titles in 2014, 2015 and 2018. His Coyote teams made four trips to the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball Championships, advancing to the national quarterfinals in 2015 and the national semifinals in 2018 – reaching as high as No. 2 in the Top-25 poll.
“I am very, very proud of what we’ve accomplished over the past five years,” Garson said. “I feel the C of I program is in the position it should be in – a position to be successful for many years to come. We’ve had not only incredible players in our program but players who have embodied the term student-athlete. They have represented the school with class in a way the C of I and the City of Caldwell have been and always will be proud of.”
During his tenure at C of I, Garson had a career record of 129-42 – the highest winning percentage in program history (.735) and the fourth-highest win total. He coached six NAIA All-Americans, including two first-team selections (Josh Wilson, Aziz Leeks), while 13 players were honored as Academic All-CCC picks.
“My family and I will always be indebted to the C of I for an opportunity of a lifetime,” Garson said. “We may be leaving here physically, but our hearts will always be in Caldwell and rooting for continued success for all facets of the College going forward.”