Sam Houston State University (2006, M.A. 2008)
After spending a season as a graduate assistant coach at his alma mater, Sam Houston State University, Scott R. Gernander returned to San Jacinto College in 2008 to the school where his collegiate playing days began to serve as an assistant coach under his legendary father, Scott Gernander. After serving the 2012-2013 season as Interim Head Coach, the younger Gernander was promoted to the top spot in the summer of 2013.
The 2016-2017 season was an historic one for Gernander and the San Jac men’s basketball team. With a 33-2 overall record, San Jac made its 21st overall national tournament appearance as the tournament’s top seed. Gernander was also named District XIV Coach of the Year and Region XIV Coach of the Year for the second time. Gernander guided his team to the Region XIV championship, earning an automatic bid to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national tournament. It was the second trip to Hutchinson for San Jac under Gernander. The San Jacinto College men’s basketball team was one of five community colleges awarded a Team Academic Excellence Award by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). The award recognizes outstanding academic achievement by a team with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher. The San Jac men’s basketball team had a GPA of 3.06, which also earned a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-Academic Team honorable mention. Corey Davis and Jorden Duffy were selected as all-Americans by the NJCAA. Davis, a first-team All-American, signed a national letter of intent to continue his education and basketball career at the University of Houston, as did Chris Harris. Duffy, a third-team All-American, signed a NLI to the University of North Texas.
During Gernander’s fourth season in 2015-2016, San Jac men’s basketball team finished the 2015-2016 season with a 22-10 overall record, 12-7 in Region XIV play, advancing to the semifinals of the Region XIV tournament in Lufkin, Texas. Corey Davis earned a spot on the all-region second team and Region XIV South Zone second team, while Jorden Duffy, Ilker Er and Candido Sa were each named Region XIV South Zone Honorable Mention.
The “third time’s a charm” proved to be true for Gernander, as he guided his 2014- 2015 team back to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national tournament in just his third season as head coach. The return trip was the first for San Jacinto College since 2006, and the 20th overall appearance in the national tournament. San Jac opened the 2014-2105 season winning six straight before hitting a snag in a trip to Florida. It then won 11 out of the next 12 games before falling to Tyler in the Region XIV tournament. However, the NJCAA selection committee recognized the team’s success, and awarded them one of four at-large bids to the national tournament. Four players averaged doubledigit points for the year, and five grabbed postseason honors. Willie Mangum was an all-region firstteamer, and Donte Thomas a second-teamer. All-South Zone honorable mention selections included Jevonlean Jedgeman, Naiel Smith and Michael Hunter. Gernander was the Region XIV Coach of the Year with a 28-6 overall record.
In his second season at the helm of the San Jac program, Gernander’s team went 23-8 overall record, and was the number three seed in the regional tournament. Anthony Livingston, Carrington Ward and Richard Benedyth all earned postseason honors. Livingston was named to the Region XIV South Zone all-conference team and was an all-region selection, while Ward and Benedyth were named to the all-conference South Zone second team, with Ward taking home all-region honorable mention honors. The 2013-2014 squad averaged 87.3 points and 44.6 rebounds per game, finishing with a 14-5 conference mark.
In 2012-2013, Gernander guided San Jacinto College to a 24-6 record and the semifinals of the Region XIV tournament. Under his tutelege, Mohammad Lee was named a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) all-American and all-Region player, while Danny Lawhorn and Zach Lofton were also named to the all-Region squad. The 2012-2013 San Jac team averaged nearly 91 points per game, and won the Region XIV South Zone, finishing with a 14-5 conference record.
As a graduate assistant at Sam Houston State from 2005-2008, Gernander coached on teams that recorded a combined 66-27 record, and had three 20-win seasons in the Southland Conference.
The 32-year-old Gernander played as a guard at Sam Houston State University from 2003 to 2005, where the Bearkats were 31-27 during his time on the court. Prior to playing at Sam Houston, Gernander was a member of the San Jacinto College men’s basketball team, where he played on teams that went a combined 57-12, won two conference titles, and were national junior college runners-up. He averaged 8.1 points per game while at San Jacinto College.
Before playing at San Jac for his father, Gernander was a first team all-district and second team all-region guard for Coach Boyce Paxton at Sam Rayburn High School in Pasadena. He averaged 17.8 points as a senior.
Gernander received his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Sam Houston State in 2006 and a Master of Arts in Kinesiology in 2008. He married Amanda Crabtree in June of 2008.
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