Scott Cherry enters his seventh season overall on Jim Larranaga's George Mason coaching staff. An assistant coach for the Patriots from 1999-2002, Cherry spent the 2002-03 season as an assistant at Tennessee Tech before returning to Mason for the 2003-04 campaign.
Cherry assists in all aspects of the program, including recruiting, practices, individual player workouts and game preparation. He is responsible for arranging the season schedule, coordinating the offense during practices and games and working with the post players at practice. He also monitors the academic progress and strength and conditioning programs of the student-athletes and serves as a recruiting coordinator.
Cherry was an integral member of Patriot coaching staffs that advanced to the 2001 NCAA tournament and 2002 and 2004 NIT tournaments. Prior to his arrival at Mason, the 34-year old Cherry was an assistant women's basketball coach at Middle Tennessee State University in 1998-99, where he helped lead the program to the 1999 WNIT tournament.
A 1993 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Cherry was a four-year letterwinner under Dean Smith and was a member of the 1993 NCAA championship squad. Following his graduation, Cherry played professionally for one season for the AEL Basketball Club in Limassol, Cyprus.
A native of Ballston Spa, N.Y., and a graduate of Saratoga Central Catholic High School, Cherry served as the head junior varsity and assistant varsity boys basketball coach at Bishop McGuinness High School in Winston-Salem, N.C., during the 1997-98 season. He worked as an administrative assistant for the North Carolina men's basketball program from March-August 1998 before assuming his duties at Middle Tennessee State.
During his senior season at North Carolina, Cherry saw action in 33 of the Tar Heels' 38 games en route to the national championship in 1993, including action in the title-clinching contest against Michigan.
North Carolina was 107-33 (.764 winning percentage) during Cherry's four-year career. In addition to the NCAA title, the Tar Heels went to the Final Four in 1991 and made two trips to the "Sweet 16," in 1990 and 1992. Cherry also was a member of North Carolina's Atlantic Coast Conference championship team in 1991.
Cherry and his wife Cortney, married in August 2000, reside in Fairfax.