LMU men's basketball continues their best start since 2006-07 as they return home to Southern California as the 2013 Ezybonds Virgin Islands Paradise Jam came to a close late Monday night. Senior Anthony Ireland was one of six players from the eight teams to be named to the Paradise Jam All-Tournament team.
KXLU 88.9 FM Broadcast from Las Vegas and 2013 WCC Championships of the Opening Round game between LMU and Portland
Lions All-Access Interview with Associate Head Coach Myke Scholl
LMU at the Pyramid taking on Long Beach St.
LMU vs. Cal Lutheran from Gersten Pavilion on Nov. 2, 2013 in exhibition game.
Associate Head Coach Myke Scholl led a coaching clinic in Africa in August 2013
Wells Fargo PCH Cup match-up on Jan. 24, 2013 at Gersten Pavilion
LMU vs. Ole Miss - Dec. 19, 2012 on ESPNU
Myke Scholl, who has experience coaching and developing basketball throughout the world, joined the Loyola Marymount University men's basketball staff as an assistant coach for the 2008-09 season and halfway through that season he was promoted to Associate Head Coach. The 2013-14 season will be his sixth at LMU. Scholl oversees recruiting and all player development, both on and off the court. He also is in the organizer of the LMU Cares project, the extensive men's basketball community service program.
And he has been instrumental in the Lions' success the last five seasons.
Scholl has helped the Lions lands some of the best talent in two decades. In the last five seasons, the Lions have had at least two members of the All-WCC selections four of the five seasons, its first NABC All-District and Jesuit All-American (Anthony Ireland), five 1,000-point scorers (Drew Viney, Jarred DuBois, Vernon Teel, Anthony Ireland, Ashley Hamilton), and just the 13th and 14th players to go for 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in a career (Viney, Hamilton).
In Scholl's fifth season with Head Coach Max Good, the Lions advanced to the semifinals of the WCC Championships thanks to three straight wins in three days. The Lions join Saint Mary's and Gonzaga as the only program to advance to the quarterfinals and beyond in each of the last four seasons.
The run in the WCC tournament came on the heels of the 2011-12 season in which Scholl helped guide the Lions into its first 20-win season since the Elite Eight team in 1989-90, the best road record since that team, and the most conference wins since that record-setting season. The 11-5 record in the WCC, marked the fifth most WCC wins in school history.
He has also helped the Lions develop the LMU Cares program, the community service initiative that has reached across the globe.
Scholl, who holds a law degree from Maryland, has worked with basketball programs in the U.S. Virgin Islands, at the junior college level in northern California, with the South Africa National and Under-20 teams, the Senegal Men's National Team, with a professional team in South Africa and as a scout for the Detroit Pistons.
The list of players Scholl has coached and/or worked with who have played in the NBA is impressive. While with the Pistons, he worked with Rodney Stuckey, Jason Maxiel, Cheick Samb and Arron Afflalo. He has also coached Howard Nathan (Atlanta), Reggie Jordan (Washington), Chris King (Utah), Priest Lauderdale (Denver), Junior Burrough (Boston), Devin Gray (Houston), Sam Cassell (Boston), DeSagana Diop (New Jersey), Roy Tarpley (Dallas) and Shawnta Rogers (New Jersey).
Scholl was hired by Bayno as an assistant in April and the prior eight years he was the Director of Sports and International Programs for Miles and Associates International in Johannesburg, South Africa. He managed the creation and implementation of the largest HIV and AIDS prevention campaigns in the world called "Love Life," funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Kaiser Foundation. The campaign has reached hundreds of thousands and was voted the most creative and innovative prevention program in the world by the United Nations.
He also established the first national high school basketball league in South Africa with 1,800 boys and 1,800 girls teams that included more than 42,000 participants. He also supervised the construction and development of 500 basketball courts throughout Africa, developed a high school basketball league and motivational program called "Success by Choice" and managed the implementation of the program in South Africa, Zambia, Uganda and Kenya.
In addition to his full-time efforts with Miles and Associates International, Scholl was an international scout for the Detroit Pistons since 2007, a basketball analyst for the SuperSport Television Network since 2004 and has been a coach with the NBA Basketball Without Borders Africa Camp since 2003.
His coaching experience has also included his role as the assistant coach and advanced scout for the Senegal Men's National Team (2007), the general manager and coaching advisor for the Soweto Panthers of the Premier Basketball League in South Africa (2006-07), an assistant (2001-04) and then associate head coach (2004- 07) for the South Africa Men's National Team, head coach for the South Africa Under-20 Team (2003-06), and head coach of the ESPN Club Team (2002-07) in South Africa.
He began his coaching career in 1994 as a camp director at Island Hoops in the U.S. Virgin Islands, conducting camps with NBA players throughout the Caribbean. He was with Island Hoops until 1996 and after three years working in law, he returned as an assistant coach for one season at Contra Costa Junior College in 1999-00. Scholl, a graduate of Jesuit High School in Sacramento, played at Sacramento State for two seasons before finishing his career at Ohio Wesleyan University and earning a double major in Sociology and History in 1991.