Scott Pera

Scott Pera (born August 27, 1967)

Current position: Head men’s basketball coach
Current team: Rice Owls
Current conference: American Athletic Conference (AAC, The American)
Rice record: 85-106 (.445)
Overall record: 85-106 (.445)

Career Accomplishments:

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
    • Is 85-106 through six seasons at the helm, with one postseason berth (the 2022 CBI)
  • Along with his wife, Alyssa, has two daughters

Scott Pera Coaching Tree

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