The Info List - Ed Tapscott

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Ed Tapscott (born June 11, 1953 in Washington, D.C.)[1] is the former interim head coach of the NBA's Washington Wizards.


1 Coaching 2 Head coaching record 3 References 4 External links

Coaching[edit] Tapscott received his bachelor's degree from Tufts University and his Juris Doctor (J.D.) from American University Washington College of Law. He was an assistant to Gary Williams at American University in the 1970s while a law student, and took over head coaching duties in 1982. By the time Tapscott left American in 1990 to finally use his J.D. as director of team sports for Advantage International (a sports marketing and management firm), he was the coach with the 2nd highest winning percentage. He subsequently led the team to one of the program's biggest victories. On December 15, 1982, in his fifth game as coach Tapscott guided the Eagles to a 62-61 upset over its cross-town rival Georgetown who were led by Patrick Ewing and ranked fifth in the nation.[2] The game is also notable because the Washington Cardiovascular Institute had given the coach a portable heart monitor to wear during the game, with his heart rate jumping from a pregame rate of 68 to 130 to 170 in the second half.[3] Tapscott almost scored another upset over a highly ranked Georgetown four years later but the Reggie Williams-led Hoyas held on 62-59 and Coach John Thompson dropped American University from its schedule thereafter.[4] An NBA executive level professional for years, Tapscott was the first employee hired to lead the Charlotte Bobcats as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, but resigned after serving as President and Chief Executive Officer in 2006. Tapscott formerly worked in the New York Knicks’ front office, including a stint as interim president and general manager. He’s perhaps best remembered in New York for the 1999 drafting of French center Frederic Weis who never played a game in the NBA, but much less credited for formulating the New York Knicks team, which culminated its season in the 1999 NBA Finals. On November 24, 2008, Tapscott, at that time director of player development, was named as interim head coach, replacing Eddie Jordan after a dismal 1–10 start during the season. General manager of the Wizards, Ernie Grunfeld, stated that Tapscott will run the team for the rest of the season.[5] Tapscott made his professional coaching debut against the Golden State Warriors on November 25, 2008, a game which resulted in a win. Under Tapscott, the Wizards accrued an 18-53 record in the 2008-2009 season.[6] After Flip Saunders was hired as coach of the Wizards, Tapscott returned to his position as the team's Director of Player Development. Head coaching record[edit]


Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win–loss %

Post season PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win–loss %

Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result

Washington 2009–10 71 18 53 .254 5th in Atlantic — — — — —


71 18 53 .254

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^ Hispanos NBA: Ed Tapscott ^ Barnard, William (16 December 1982). "American Upsets Georgetown 62-61". The Free Lance-Star.  access-date= requires url= (help) ^ Heart-to-Heart Talk, Sports Illustrated (Feb. 14, 1983) [1]. The game came only a few days after South Carolina's coach had suffered a heart attack during the game. ^ "Local Rivals," Hoya Hoops ^ Wizards fire Jordan after 1–10 start; Tapscott named as interim coach, Associated Press, November 24, 2008. ^ [2]

External links[edit]

Ed Tapscott Coaching Info at NBA.com

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American Eagles men's basketball head coaches

George Springston (1926–1929) Walter H. Young (1929–1936) Paul Smith (1936–1937) Stafford Cassell (1937–1942) Cal Kalijarvi (1942–1944) Arthur Boyd (1944–1946) Stafford Cassell (1946–1952) Dutch Schulze (1952–1956) David Carrasco (1956–1962) Jimmy Williams (1962–1965) Alan Kyber (1965–1969) Tom Young (1969–1973) Jim Lynam (1973–1978) Gary Williams (1978–1982) Ed Tapscott (1982–1990) Chris Knoche (1990–1997) Art Perry (1997–2000) Jeff Jones (2000–2013) Mike Brennan (2013– )

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Washington Wizards head coaches

Jim Pollard (1961–1962) Jack McMahon (1962) Bobby Leonard (1962–1964) Buddy Jeannette (1964–1965) Paul Seymour (1965–1966) Mike Farmer (1966) Buddy Jeannette # (1966) Gene Shue (1966–1973) K. C. Jones (1973–1976) Dick Motta (1976–1980) Gene Shue (1980–1986) Kevin Loughery (1986–1988) Wes Unseld (1988–1994) Jim Lynam (1994–1997) Bob Staak # (1997) Bernie Bickerstaff (1997–1999) Jim Brovelli # (1999) Gar Heard (1999–2000) Darrell Walker # (2000) Leonard Hamilton (2000–2001) Doug Collins (2001–2003) Eddie Jordan (2003–2008) Ed Tapscott (2008–2009) Flip Saunders (2009–2012) Randy Wittman (2012–2016) Scott Brooks (2016– )

(#) denotes interim head coach.

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Colonial Athletic Association Men's Basketball Coach of the Year

1983: Parkhill 1984: Harrington & Tarrant 1985: Evans 1986: Tarrant 1987: Thurston 1988: Tapscott & Barnes 1989: Tarrant 1990: Driesell 1991: Tarrant 1992: Driesell 1993: Purnell 1994: Dooley 1995: Capel II 1996: Smith 1997: Wainwright 1998: Woollum 1999: Larrañaga 2000: Dillard 2001: Wainwright 2002: Flint 2003: Brownell 2004: Flint 2005: Taylor 2006: Brownell 2007: A. Grant 2008: Shaver 2009: Flint 2010: Shaver 2011: Larrañaga 2012: Flint 2013: Skerry 2014: Ross 2015: Keatts 2016: Keatts 2017: E