Scott Polsgrove is in his sixth year as the Head Men's Basketball Coach at Lees-McRae. Polsgrove has stepped in, rebuilding the program from the ground up emphasizing excellence in all areas: character, attitude, work ethic, teamwork and academics.
Polsgrove took the Bobcats to unprecedented heights during the 2011-2012 season, leading Lees-McRae to its best record as a member of Conference Carolinas with an 8-8 mark in league play, while securing a berth in the conference tournament for the second time during his tenure. He has mentored a pair of all-conference performers, including rising senior Jeremiah Henry, who earned third team honors in 2011-2012.
No stranger to college basketball in the southeast, Polsgrove most recently served as head basketball coach for fourteen years at nearby King College in Bristol, Tenn. During his time at King, he was also Athletic Director from 2000-04 and Associate Athletic Director from 2004-2006.
Polsgrove’s collegiate basketball career began as a player for NAIA powerhouse Taylor University in Indiana. Playing on three district championship teams, Polsgrove helped guide his teams to three NAIA National Tournaments while earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Business in 1987.
Following his playing career, he immediately jumped into coaching as a Graduate Assistant at Mobile College in Alabama. While at Mobile, Polsgrove was in charge of recruiting and scouting as well as his on floor coaching responsibilities.
Adding another NAIA district championship to his credit during his three year stay at Mobile, Polsgrove and again found himself in the NAIA National Tournament, this time on the sidelines as a coach. Polsgrove also earned his Master of Arts degree in Education with an emphasis in Physical Education from Mobile in 1990.
After helping to establish Mobile as an NAIA contender, Polsgrove could not pass up the opportunity to re-unite with his college coach Paul Patterson, an NAIA Hall of Famer with over 600 collegiate wins to his credit, and returned to his alma mater.
Back at Taylor, Polsgrove was Patterson’s top assistant, supporting in all aspects of the program including recruiting, scouting and day to day operations, while helping guide the team to a 34-4 record in 1991 and a trip to the NAIA Final Four. Polsgrove was also a part time faculty member at Taylor teaching fitness and activity courses.
After yet another trip to the National Tournament in 1992, and receiving Patterson’s mentoring for a total of six years, four as a player, and two as a coach, Polsgrove was ready to take the next step in his career and became Head Coach at King college in August of 1992.
While at King, Polsgrove earned back to back Tennessee-Virginia Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honors in 1996-97 and 1997-98. King earned two conference championship game appearances under Polsgrove, winning the TVAC title in 1997-98 and earning a trip to the NAIA National Tournament. King also finished runner-up in 2003-04 as part of the Appalachian Conference, qualifying for the NAIA Tournament for the second time in Polsgrove's tenure.
Polsgrove’s teams experienced success both on and off the floor during his tenure at King as he coached three Academic All-Americans, and had ninety-six percent of his student-athletes graduate at the conclusion of their four years in college. His staff at King also prospered with Polsgrove as a head coach, with seven of his former assistants now serving as head coaches in the collegiate and high school ranks.
Polsgrove leadership and knowledge in basketball has also led him to become very involved with the administration side of the game. Most recently, he served as President of the NAIA-NABC President in 2006 after serving on the committee as an Officer from 2002-2005.
Polsgrove also served on the NAIA Division II All American and National Tournament Committees from 1999-2003, and in 2006. In 2002 and 2003 he was Chairman of the NAIA Tournament Committee. Polsgrove is also currently a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Board and coaches at various FCA camps throughout the summer.
Polsgrove and his wife Kimberly of 22 years are the proud parents of six children; Mark (18), Ty (15), Kylie (13), Kara (12), Ryan (10), and Drew (9), and reside in Banner Elk.