CINCINNATI, Ohio-- Joel Scudder knows exactly what it takes to win a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship at Mount St. Joseph University.
After all, just three years ago he graduated from The Mount as a two time HCAC regular-season champion. He was also a key member of the first ever Mount St. Joseph men's basketball team to reach the Division III NCAA national tournament. Scudder was named the HCAC Freshman of the Year in 2013, and was a 3-time first team All-HCAC selection.
Since graduating from The Mount, Scudder has been the varsity assistant coach at William Henry Harrison High School in Harrison, Ohio.
"When I graduated and got into coaching, I instantly started thinking of how I would get back to The Mount." Scudder said. "This place was my home for four years, as soon as the news broke about about Coach Ray leaving, I called Coach Carrigan to express my interest in the position. I am so excited to get going as the new head tennis coach, and assistant men's basketball coach at The Mount."
Scudder had an outstanding playing career at The Mount, he is the second leading scorer in school history with 1565 career points. He is one of the best shooters in program history as he holds the record for career three-pointers and three-pointers in a game.
"We are extremely excited to welcome Joel back to The Mount community." Coach Carrigan said of Scudder "It will be a seamless transition for him into the athletic department and his responsibilities on campus. Joel has a championship mindset and is extremely competitive. I look forward to working with him and continuing to move our program forward."
Joel is also excited to be the new head tennis coach, "I am excited for this new challenge, I hope to help the tennis team at The Mount grow into a contender in the HCAC."
Mount St. Joseph Director of Athletics Steve Radcliffe is also excited about Scudder's return to The Mount, "I am very pleased to announce that Joel will be coming back home to his alma mater to be the head men's tennis and assistant men's basketball coach. Joel was very passionate and competitive as an athletes and we feel he will bring that same energy to coaching the men's tennis and basketball programs. We are looking forward to a bright future in both programs."