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Associate AD Ed Scott Appointed To NCAA Baseball Selection Committee
Former Division I player is first-ever BU administrator named to a selection committee
May 14, 2012Tweet
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VESTAL, N.Y. - Recently appointed to the NCAA Division I Baseball Selection Committee, Binghamton Associate Director of Athletics for Student Services Ed Scott, at 32 is not concerned about being the youngest committee member or the lone minority on the 10-member panel. In fact, he is comfortable being the sole minority, growing up playing a sport with a dwindling African-American presence or as one of the youngest administrators in the conference while rapidly ascending on the national scene.
Scott, who was nominated by former Binghamton Director of Athletics Jim Norris, is the first Binghamton athletics department member to be named to a Division I selection committee in any sport. Following Norris’ nomination, the America East approved the selection and forwarded it to the Nominating Subcommittee. Recommendations by the nominating subcommittee are then reviewed by the Championship/Sports Management Cabinet for approval. Scott was one of four administrators selected to represent the America East during last February’s appointments for all NCAA committees.
One of the four America East representatives was Scott’s former athletics director and supervisor at Albany, Dr. Lee McElroy, who will serve on the NCAA Olympic Sport Liaison Committee. “Ed was a scholar-athlete who had a dynamic plan as an undergraduate, which he has applied successfully as a professional,” McElroy noted. “Ed is organized, passionate and innovative in his thinking as he conducts his professional duties. He understands that the success of the student-athlete serves at the core of institutional priorities.”
A former first team all-conference selection while at the University at Albany, Scott is no stranger to the baseball diamond. The starting centerfielder for the Great Danes was a career .329 hitter with 52 stolen bases and seven home runs. Following his senior campaign, Scott was named the America East Scholar Athlete for baseball and was a third-team Academic All-American, rounding out a successful collegiate career both on and off the field. After his playing career, Scott coached two seasons on the college baseball summer tour helping the Saratoga Phillies of the NYCBL (New York College Baseball League) win a championship in the 2006.
“Ed Scott embodied everything a student-athlete should aspire to become,” said current Albany baseball coach Jon Mueller. “Ed is an accomplished athlete, mentor, academic professional and a very high-end educational leader. I am never surprised at what Ed accomplishes, and his appointment to the Division I Baseball Selection Committee is a gain for the NCAA.”
Scott began his career as an athletics administrator at his alma mater where, while earning his master’s degree in Educational Administration and Policy Studies, he worked as the assistant director of student-athlete support services. He then worked at Big East member, University of Louisville for two years as the title associate director of academic services for student-athletes. Scott worked closely with acclaimed coach Rick Pitino and forged the academic success of the men’s basketball, women’s volleyball and men’s tennis teams at Louisville.
“Ed Scott is an excellent addition to the NCAA Division I Baseball Committee,” said Tom Jurich, Vice President for Athletics at Louisville. “As a former member of this committee, I know firsthand that his baseball background at the Division I level and his experience dealing directly with student-athletes on a day-to-day basis as an athletics administrator are a strong combination that will benefit the committee greatly.”
Following his tenure in Kentucky, Scott joined the administration at Binghamton in 2008 where he has supervised three consecutive years (2008 - present) of a 3.10 GPA or higher for the department. “Ed Scott is a ‘rising young star’ among NCAA Division I administrators with a tremendous baseball background,” said Norris. “He will be a great addition to the NCAA Baseball Selection Committee and he will handle this responsibility in his usual well-prepared and first-class manner.”
Scott will begin his four-year term next September, when four of the current committee members’ terms expire. The NCAA Division I Baseball Committee consists of 10 members, one from each of the eight Division I baseball regions (Atlantic, Central, East, Mideast, Midwest, Northeast, South and West) with two being selected as at-large members. Scott will be replacing John Hardt, the Bucknell Director of Athletics as the chair of the Northeast region and vice chair of the Atlantic region.
With Scott being the first representative from Binghamton on an NCAA Selection Committee, we decided to sit down with the fourth-year Associate AD at Binghamton and discuss his appointment.
How did you find out about your nomination being accepted?
It was early in the morning and I was getting ready for work when I received a text message from a good friend of mine, Shamaree Brown, who works at the ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) offices. He said he read on the NCAA Administrative Cabinet report that my appointment was approved, so he was the first to tell me.
What was your immediate reaction to the news?
At first, I was shocked because I hadn’t heard from the NCAA yet. But once I had time to think about it I was very excited and honored. I guess it really hasn’t set in yet, but once I arrive at my first committee meeting I think it will hit me then.
As a committee member what will your responsibilities be?
Well, next September when I begin my four-year term my main responsibility will be the administration of the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship. As a committee we develop policies and procedures that govern the administration and conduct of the championship. We also have the authority to establish criteria to be used in the evaluation of teams for selection to the championship. There is the selection of the playoff sites as well.
Being the first Binghamton representative chosen for a Division I selection committee, how do you think it will impact the school?
First, it will help put Binghamton on a national stage with baseball and hopefully give Coach Sinicki a resource to utilize. I believe it will help with the Binghamton brand and baseball in the Northeast. I think it also shows something about the NCAA and their willingness to take a chance on a young administrator from a school with a growing baseball profile.
Obviously you’re a huge fan of the game, what does the nomination mean to you?
Personally, it’s a great honor for me and I’m humbled and privileged to represent Binghamton on a national stage. It’s something I’ve always wanted and it should be a lot fun because of my passion for the game. It’s definitely one of the biggest honors of my career to date.
What do you look forward to most about the appointment?
Three things. First, going to Omaha and witnessing the College World Series live! I believe it will give me that sense as a ball player that you’re back in it. Second, being able to learn the process of how the committee functions and using that knowledge and information to benefit me in my career. Third, meeting quality people, administrators and high-level professionals.
Do you think the Northeast is overlooked on the national baseball scene?
I think the Northeast will always be overlooked because of geographical location and the amount of games we are able to play. However, I hope to shed some light on the quality of play in the Northeast by informing head coaches what the committee is looking for. And my philosophy has always been, if you can play in the Northeast, you can play anywhere. Anybody can play when its 70 degrees and sunny, but you have to have a real desire for the game to play in the cold, wet, windy conditions of the Northeast.
How do you think your Division I playing experience will help you execute your duties as a committee member?
I believe it will speed up the learning curve and give me instant credibility. I played at a high-level and had success and I know what makes a successful program. I also believe I can provide different perspectives because of my on-the-field experience.
As one of four rookies on the committee, what knowledge or expertise will you add?
Since I’m not as seasoned as some of my colleagues, especially regarding committee duty, I think I will be able to provide insight from several different perspectives. Witnessing Division I baseball first-hand as a player, coach and administrator, I know what it takes to be successful. I also hope to bring instant credibility and not just look at the game from the 30,000-foot view. By having knowledge of the inner workings and intricacies of the game I hope to prove to be an asset.
Will the appointment end up being more fun or stressful, trying to pay attention to 69 teams that comprise the Northeast?
Of course I think it will be fun. How could it not be? I get to watch the game I love for work. If anything it will be a good type of stress. I think it will give me a release or outlet from my day-to-day responsibilities. I will have to manage my time wisely, as I instruct our student-athletes, but it will be an added bonus and I’m looking forward to it.
Anyone you would like to thank or acknowledge for helping you make the next step in your career?
Yes, I would like to thank Jim Norris for nominating me. It shows a lot about him and the America East and their willingness to have me represent Binghamton and the conference on a national platform. I would also like to acknowledge Director of Athletics Patrick Elliott and President Stenger for their continued support. I can’t forget my former coach Jon Mueller or Dr. Lee McElroy a great friend and mentor.
While at Binghamton Scott has already made waves nationally, facilitating the NCAA Career in Sports Forum in 2010 and 2011. He also assisted in ushering the first Binghamton student-athlete to attend the forum last May. This past fall, Scott had one of his academic advisors attend the NCAA Regional Career in Sports Forum in Pittsburgh. In addition to his many accolades, Scott will attend the NCAA Leadership Institute for Minorities later this summer. The week-long workshop provides professional development for potential athletics directors.
Binghamton president Harvey Stenger has acknowledged Scott’s work ethic. “Ed exemplifies the University’s commitment to excellence. His dedication to the success of our student-athletes and our entire university is impressive and contagious. His recent appointment to the Baseball Selection Committee is a great recognition of his role at Binghamton University and his broader service to the NCAA.”
“I congratulate Ed on his appointment to the Division I Baseball committee,” said Binghamton Director of Athletics Patrick Elliott. “This prestigious appointment recognizes Ed as a quality athletics administrator and underscores Binghamton as a premiere university nationally.”
One of Scott’s most recent achievements was the oversight of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and the production of the St. Baldrick’s fundraiser this past March. SAAC, along with Residential Life and Alpha Phi Omega were recognized at the Dean of Students Leadership Awards for Best Collaborative Effort. The fundraiser welcomed over 100 attendees and generated over $13,000 for pediatric cancer research.
Scott has worked tirelessly making the student-athletes at Binghamton better individuals and the two coaches who’ve witnessed Scott speed around the diamond believe the NCAA couldn’t have appointed a better person. “Ed will make the committee stronger by his mere presence alone,” said Mueller. “He is a fearless thinker and his diverse approach to education contributes to his great value and vision as an administrator.” Sinicki agreed with Mueller stating, “Ed is a ‘baseball guy’ and the NCAA has made an outstanding decision by appointing him.”