Sights And Sounds: USA World Cup Qualifying Team 78, Panama 48
Scott Fitch (Fairport High School, N.Y.) will serve in his second USA Basketball coaching assignment as an assistant coach for the 2018 USA Basketball Men’s U17 World Cup Team.
Previously, he was an assistant coach for the 2017 USA Basketball Men’s U16 National Team, which earned a 5-0 record, a gold medal and, by virtue of its top-four finish, a berth into the 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup.
Fitch has been the head boys basketball coach at Fairport High School in New York for 17 seasons (2001-02 to present), where he had compiled a 277-78 overall record (.780 winning percentage) through 2017-18.
In 2017-18, Fitch and his Fairport team finished 16-6 and reached the Section V Class AA semifinals. In 2016-17, Fitch led Fairport to a 22-2 record, a section title and the state championship game.
Five times he has been honored as the Monroe County Coach of the Year, twice as the Section V Coach of the Year and as the 2007 All Greater Rochester Coach of the Year. He led his team to back-to-back Section V Championships in 2006 and 2007, and to the state final four in 2007.
“Anytime you represent the United States it is an honor, Fitch said. “I look forward to the challenges we will face at the world cup. We know it will not be easy, and it is a challenge we look forward to.
“One of my favorite parts about the U16 experience was the players,” Fitch added. “They not only were great players, they were great kids.
“It is really fun when you are coaching with guys you respect. I look forward to continuing to learn from Don and Stan. We are excited to compete and put our kids in a position to be successful.”
As a player at State University of New York at Geneseo, he earned 1994 NCAA Division III National Player of the Year honors, was a 1993 and 1994 DIII All-American first-team selection, a four-time All-Eastern College Athletic Conference first-team member and the ECAC Player of the Year in 1993 and 1994.
He scored 2,661 points in his career (23.9 ppg.), ranking him first all-time in school history for career points and career points averaged. He also ranks first in 11 additional categories, including career wins (83), career field goals made (834) and attempted (1,745), career free throws made (658) and attempted (809), career 3-pointers made (335), single-season points totaled (752) and averaged (27.9), single-season free throws made (202), single-season 3s made (102), single-game points (44); second for career steals (253), single-season field goals made (224), single-season free throws attempted (240); tied for second in single-game 3s made (8); and fourth for assists (431).
He is the only player to be inducted into the Section V, Geneseo and Chase Lincoln Hall of Fames and the only athlete to have a jersey retired at Geneseo. He was inducted into the Frontier Walk of Fame in 2006 and the Fairport High School Hall of Fame.
He played professional basketball for a brief time and currently works at Jostens where he specializes in class rings. He also speaks to students about leadership and social media.
Comprised of a mix of returning veterans, with a combined 23 Olympic and World Cup gold medals and an overall 669-39 (.945) winning record in USA Basketball games played, the 2018 USA Basketball Women’s World Cup Team was finalized ahead of the Sept. 22-30 FIBA World Cup in Tenerife, Spain.
The 2018 USA Basketball Women’s National Team earned a hard-fought, unofficial 70-60 scrimmage win over Australia on Wednesday afternoon in Tenerife, Canary Islands.