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Scott Rigot (pronounced Ree-ZJOH) has been an assistant coach at South Carolina, UAB, Hawaii, Kentucky and Duquesne. He has accompanied teams to postseason play in 12 of his 14 seasons as a Division I assistant coach and also enjoyed a successful stint as a junior college head coach. Prior to his seasons at Duquesne, he served as an assistant under coach Tubby Smith at Kentucky from 2002-03 through 2006-07, helping the Wildcats earn five consecutive NCAA Tournament bids.
While at Kentucky, Rigot helped secure a 2004 recruiting class that was ranked No. 1 in the nation by rivals.com. Two members of that class -- Rajon Rondo and Ramel Bradley -- went on to earn All-SEC honors.
Rigot was head coach at Spartanburg (S.C.) Methodist for six seasons (1990-91 through 1995-96) leading that junior college to a 158-35 record and the 1994-95 Pioneers to the NJCAA national championship game. That team was ranked No. 1 for 12 weeks during the season. He was a four-time Carolinas Junior college Conference and coached 26 players who earned Division I scholarships.
Rigot, who has made at least one NCAA Tournament appearance at four of his five Division I coaching stops -- Kentucky, Hawaii, UAB and South Carolina -- has established a reputation as a highly successful recruiter, especially in international circles.
Rigot began his playing career at Jamestown (N.Y.) Community College, where he was part of a Jayhawks team that was ranked No. 1 nationally and participated in the 1982 NJCAA Tournament.
After being sidelined for a year with a knee injury, Rigot transferred to the University at Buffalo where he lettered in 1983-84 and '84-85. He completed his degree in sociology in 1986 and added a master's in education from South Carolina in 1988.