Ed Tapscott

Ed Tapscott (born June 11, 1953)

Teams coached: American Eagles, Washington Wizards
American record: 109-117 (.482)
Overall record^: 109-117 (.482)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2008-2009 Washington Wizards (interim HC)
1982-1990 American
1978-1982 American (asst)

Ed Tapscott Facts

  • Edmond A. Tapscott III
  • Born June 11, 1953
  • Hometown: Washington, D.C.
  • Alma Mater: Tufts University (BA, 1976) / American University (JD)
  • After graduating from Tufts, Tapscott went to law school at American and also served as an assistant basketball coach under Gary Williams
  • Took over as the Eagles’ head coach in 1982, going 109-117 in eight seasons at the helm
    • Won a share of the East Coast title in 1983 and was later named CAA COY in 1988
    • Finished .500 or better four times and won 20 games in both his first and last seasons as AU head coach
  • Left the school in 1990 to work in the private sector, becoming director of team sports for Advantage International
  • Has been in the NBA since 1998, working in the front office of various franchises and at one point serving as a head coach again
    • Had a brief tenure as the GM of the New York Knicks (1998-99), with the team reaching the NBA Finals in 1999
    • Worked with the Charlotte Bobcats for several years as COO and President of Basketball Operations (2003-06)
    • Became Director of Player Programs for the Washington Wizards in 2007 and then was named the interim head coach for most of the 2008-09 season after Eddie Jordan was fired; Tapscott went 18-53 in 71 games at the helm
    • Tapscott was later promoted to VP of Player Programs for the Wizards in 2013, serving in that role for six years
    • Has been a personnel consultant with the Minnesota Timberwolves since 2019

Ed Tapscott Coaching Tree

  • Chris Knoche (American)


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the NCAA Division I level only