Joe Scott is back as head coach at Air Force.

Scott, 54, left an assistant coaching job at Georgia to return to the campus in Colorado Springs, Colo., where he was head coach from 2001-04.

"I am pleased to welcome Joe Scott back to the Air Force Academy to lead our men's basketball program," Air Force athletic director Nathan Pine said. "Joe is a person of strong character and a leader who will continue to represent our core values at Air Force. He is also a championship-caliber coach who understands the Academy, what we stand for and he knows as well as anyone how to be successful here. Coach Scott is a gifted teacher with a passion for the sport of basketball and developing young men into leaders, he is the perfect person to reenergize our men's basketball program."

Scott took over at AFA in 2001 with the program on a streak of 22 years without a winning season. By his fourth season, Air Force had won the Mountain West title and qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 42 years. He since has coached at Denver and Princeton and has a lifetime record of 235-240 in 16 seasons.

"I would like to thank Nathan Pine for the opportunity to return to the Academy, as we pursue our common goal of reenergizing Air Force basketball. Thank you to our Superintendent, Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria, members of the search committee and everyone else at the Academy connected with the search process. It was a first-class operation all the way. My wife Leah, our two sons, Ben and Jack, and I are extremely grateful and excited to be returning. The Academy is a special place and we loved our time here," Scott said.

"We will recruit players that fit the core values and ideals of the Academy and will help develop them into leaders of character on and off the court. We will help them strive to excel in every aspect of the Academy: academics, military training and athletics," Scott said.

--Field Level Media

Comment about air force brings back scott as head coach