Sep 10, 2018
One post. One bad decision. One moment of poor judgment frozen in time and saved for eternity on social media. That is all it takes to alter your future trajectory as a youth athlete. In this episode Scott Fitch shares stories of athletes who should have "paused before they posted" and much more.
1:15 Scott’s development journey as a late bloomer and finding the right fit for you
7:30 Balancing coaching public high school and a national team
12:00 How coaches must adapt and evolve as players and environments change
19:00 Coaches need to connect with players in their realm and must be smart with social media
27:00 How Scott got into USA Basketball coaching
40:00 The qualities of USA Basketball players
46:30 Pause before you post – the importance of using social media the right way
56:15 Scott’s parting thoughts for parents
58:15 Finding Scott
Getting in Touch
Scott Fitch is the Boys Basketball coach at Fairport High School in New York and assistant coach for the 2018 USA Basketball Men’s U17 World Cup Team.
Previously, he was an assistant coach for the 2017 USA Basketball Men’s U16 National Team, which earned a 5-0 record, a gold medal and, by virtue of its top-four finish, a berth into the 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup.
Fitch has been the head boys basketball coach at Fairport for 17 seasons (2001-02 to present), where he had compiled a 277-78 overall record (.780 winning percentage) through 2017-18.
In 2017-18, Fitch and his Fairport team finished 16-6 and reached the Section V Class AA semifinals. In 2016-17, Fitch led Fairport to a 22-2 record, a section title and the state championship game.
Five times he has been honored as the Monroe County Coach of the Year, twice as the Section V Coach of the Year and as the 2007 All Greater Rochester Coach of the Year. He led his team to back-to-back Section V Championships in 2006 and 2007, and to the state final four in 2007.
As a player at State University of New York at Geneseo, he earned 1994 NCAA Division III National Player of the Year honors, was a 1993 and 1994 DIII All-American first-team selection, a four-time All-Eastern College Athletic Conference first-team member and the ECAC Player of the Year in 1993 and 1994.
He scored 2,661 points in his career (23.9 ppg.), ranking him first all-time in school history for career points and career points averaged. He also ranks first in 11 additional categories, including career wins (83), career field goals made (834) and attempted (1,745), career free throws made (658) and attempted (809), career 3-pointers made (335), single-season points totaled (752) and averaged (27.9), single-season free throws made (202), single-season 3s made (102), single-game points (44); second for career steals (253), single-season field goals made (224), single-season free throws attempted (240); tied for second in single-game 3s made (8); and fourth for assists (431).
He is the only player to be inducted into the Section V, Geneseo and Chase Lincoln Hall of Fames and the only athlete to have a jersey retired at Geneseo. He was inducted into the Frontier Walk of Fame in 2006 and the Fairport High School Hall of Fame.
He played professional basketball for a brief time and currently works at Jostens where he specializes in class rings. He also speaks to students about leadership and social media.
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