The Info List - Ed Tapscott

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ED TAPSCOTT is the former interim head coach of the NBA 's Washington Wizards .


* 1 Coaching * 2 Head coaching record * 3 References * 4 External links


Tapscott received his bachelor's degree from Tufts University
Tufts University
and his Juris Doctor (J.D. ) from American University Washington College of Law . He was an assistant to Gary Williams
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
Patrick Ewing
and ranked fifth in the nation. 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. 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.

An NBA executive level professional for years, Tapscott was the first employee hired to lead the Charlotte Bobcats
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<