Scott Pera

Scott Pera (born August 27, 1967)

Teams coached: Rice Owls
Rice record: 96-127 (.430)
Overall record: 96-127 (.430)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0
  • CBI Appearances:  2  (2022, 2023)

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2017-present Rice
2014-2017 Rice (asst)
2012-2014 Penn (asst)
2007-2012 Arizona State (asst)
2006-2007 Arizona State (DBO)
1992-1993 Elizabethtown College (asst)

Scott Pera Facts

  • Scott Pera
  • Born August 27, 1967
  • Hometown: Hershey, Pennsylvania
  • Alma Mater: Penn State Harrisburg (BA, 1989)
  • Spent thirteen seasons as a high school coach at the beginning of his career, including five years as head coach at Annville-Cleona HS (PA) and six years at Artesia HS (CA)
    • At Artesia, Pera coached future Sun Devil and NBA superstar James Harden
    • Also spent one year as an assistant under Robert Schlosser at D-III Elizabethtown (PA)
  • Hired in 2006 as the Director of Basketball Operations at Arizona State under Herb Sendek and was promoted to full-time assistant the following year; became the ASU recruiting coordinator in 2008
    • Successfully recruited his former player, James Harden, to leave California for Tempe, AZ
    • Harden would start 68 games in two years at Arizona State and was named Pac-10 Player of the Year in 2009 before leaving for the NBA, where he would go on to become an All-Star player
  • Coached for two years under Jerome Allen at Penn and three years under Mike Rhoades at Rice
  • Hired in March 2017 as the new head coach at Rice, after Rhoades left for the VCU job
    • Went 96-127 through seven seasons at the helm, with two postseason berths (the CBI in 2022 and 2023)
    • The program moved to the AAC in 2023 and went just 11-21 (5-13) in their first season there; Pera was fired in March 2024

Scott Pera Coaching Tree

  • Vince Alexander (Clayton State)
  • Omar Mance (Trevecca Nazarene)