Scott Wagers joined the Lamar coaching staff in May, after spending 13 seasons at East Tennessee State. During his time as an assistant, ETSU saw unprecedented success on the court. The Buccaneers advanced to six postseason appearances, won four-straight Southern Conference North Division titles, two SoCon Tournament titles, three Atlantic Sun Conference Championships, made four trips to the NCAA Championships and one appearance each in the NIT and CIT.
In 2011, Wagers was named as one of the top 60 assistant coaches at the NCAA Division I level by Nike Villa 7. He was one of only two mid-major assistants to be named to the list.
While serving under Murry Bartow for the past 10 seasons, Wagers was primarily responsible for the Bucs' defense, working with post players and recruiting. Serving as the team's defensive coordinator, Wagers helped develop the team's fullcourt defensive style, trapping principles and man-to-man philosophy. ETSU's defensive sets - like the team's 1-3-1 halfcourt trap and fullcourt press - helped the team rank as one of the top teams in the country in steals.
During his time with the Buccaneers, ETSU recorded six 20-win seasons, including 27 victories in 2003-04. That season ETSU made a near perfect run through conference play posting 15-1, while posting a 12-0 mark at home. The Buccaneers advanced to the NCAA Championships where the season came to an end following a heartbreaking setback to fourth-seeded Cincinnati, 80-77.
Prior to his stint at ETSU, Wagers was the head coach at Robinson High School in Tampa, Fla. Wagers spent six seasons at RHS, leading the school to four divisional titles, two regional championships and an impressive 126-24 (.840) record. His team's averaged more than 100 points per game offensively in each of those seasons.
Wagers was named the Tampa Bay Basketball Coaches' Association Coach of the Year after leading his team to the 1998 state semifinals. His team also received St. Petersburg Times/Tampa Tribune Team of the Year honors that season.
Wagers, who played collegiately at Tennessee Wesleyan, began his coaching career at Washburn (Tenn.) High School. A 1989 graduate from Wesleyan with a degree in health and physical education, Wagers was named the Tennessee Athletic Coaches' Association District 1A Coach of the Year in 1994.
Wagers and his wife, Stacey, have two children, Luke and Lola.