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Men's Basketball

 
Ken Scalmanini
Ken Scalmanini
Title: Head Coach
Organization: CMS
Phone: 909-607-7153
Email: ken.scalmanini@cms.claremont.edu
Year: 17th
Overall Record: 278-134, .675
SCIAC Record: 173-55, .759
College: Cal Poly Pomona
Office Location: Mod D-17

Coach Scalmanini is entering his 17th season as Head Coach of the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Men's Basketball Program. During his tenure, Coach Scalmanini's contagious enthusiasm and vast knowledge of the game has led the Stags to unprecedented success. The program has finished first or second in the SCIAC league 12 times, highlighted by SCIAC Championships in 2002, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014. Scalmanini's winning percentage places him among the top 50 of current DIII coaches.

Coach Scalmanini has built the program on the foundation of intelligent, sound motion offense and relentless, suffocating man-to-man defense. The motion offense emphasizes reactionary cutting and reading, allowing players considerable freedom in the half court. This offensive philosophy has led the Stags to shoot over 50% in three out of the past four years. The tenacious Stag defense relies on man-to-man principles with great importance on help defense. Two years ago the defense was ranked in the top ten nationally in opponent field goal percentage and points allowed.

Scalmanini credits the backbone of the program to its players. This past year, he recruited top basketball talent nationwide, from California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Arizona, Nebraska, Illinois, New York, Florida and Texas. He searches for individuals who are both unselfish, passionate players and strong, student leaders. Not surprisingly, his recruits have been successful both on and off the court, as his players have received numerous First Team All-SCIAC awards and landed esteemed internships and careers.

Coach Scalmanini has a rich basketball history. He began coaching in 1993 and served two years as an Assistant Coach at Cal Poly Pomona before joining the Claremont staff. After a four year stint as Assistant Coach at CMS, Coach Scalmanini took control of the reins in 1998. As a player, Scalmanini played two seasons at Cal Poly Pomona, where he averaged 9 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists per game at the off-guard and small forward positions. In high school, he was the 1986 Player of the Year in the Redwood Empire League at St. Vincent's High School.

Ken Scalmanini, or "Coach Scali" as he is known, lives in Claremont with his wife Jeannie, son Kyle and daughter Emily. He is actively involved in the community as coach of Little League baseball, AYSO soccer, and All-Net middle school basketball.