Ed Tapscott '80
Ed Tapscott began his coaching career as an assistant coach at American University under former Maryland head coach Gary Williams. Tapscott spent four seasons as Williams’ assistant, helping the Eagles amass 72 wins, including a school-record 24 wins in the 1980-81 season. During his time as an assistant coach, Tapscott graduated from AU’s prestigious Washington College of Law in 1980.
In 1982, Tapscott was elevated to AU’s head coach. In eight seasons, Tapscott finished with 119 wins, the second-most in school history (behind AU Hall of Fame namesake Stafford Cassell). Tapscott’s best seasons were his first (1982-83) and last (1989-90), when he went 20-10 and 20-9, respectively.
After Tapscott left AU, he went on to become vice president of player personnel and basketball operations and served as interim president and general manager of the New York Knicks. During Tapscott’s reign with New York, the Knicks made two trips to the NBA Finals (1994 and 1999) and advanced to at least the second round of the playoffs every year. In addition, Tapscott worked in the front office of the Milwaukee Bucks, Phoenix Suns and Charlotte Bobcats.