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Scott Pera
Position: Assistant Coach
Alma Mater: Penn State
Graduating Year: 1989
Experience: 1 Year

Scott Pera was hired in August 2012 and has completed two years as an assistant coach with the University of Pennsylvania men's basketball program. Pera brings a national recruiting background with him, as well as a reputation of player development, and his coaching acumen has not gone unnoticed. In the April 2013 issue of Basketball Times, Pera was listed at No. 19 (tops among Ivy League coaches) in Hoop Scoop's Top 40 Low to Mid-Major Assistants. He is also relied upon heavily for practice preparation and opponent scout during the season.

"Scott will be a tremendous asset, not just to our program but I think to the University as a whole," said Penn's John R. Rockwell Head Coach of Men's Basketball, Jerome Allen, at the time of Pera's hiring. "He has had great success wherever he's coached, whether it was high school or college, and his experience makes him a great fit for this position on our staff. I am excited to lead Scott, Ira and Jason this year as we work together with our young men to keep the Penn program at a championship level."

Pera came to Penn from Arizona State University out of the Pac-12 Conference, where he worked under well-respected Head Coach Herb Sendek. (Sendek currently has the largest coaching tree of any head coach in the country, with 10 former assistant coaches serving as head coaches.) Pera started as ASU's director of operations in 2006-07, was promoted to a full-time assistant coaching position in 2007-08, and added the title of recruiting coordinator for the Sun Devils in the summer of 2008. He served in that role for four seasons.

Pera played a major role in the development of 2012 U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist and current NBA All-Star James Harden (Houston Rockets), having coached him at the Artesia (Calif.) High School as well as ASU. Another player mentored by Pera was Derek Glasser, who came to Arizona State with no other Pac-12 scholarship offers but graduated four years later holding Sun Devils career records in four categories.

Pera posted a 258-65 record in 11 years as a head coach at Artesia and Annville Cleona (Pa.) high schools, and led Artesia to the state title in 2005-06 with a 33-1 record. That Artesia squad was ranked second in the nation by Sports Illustrated, sixth by USA Today, and earned the top ranking from MaxPreps.com. He also has extensive administrative experience as both an athletic director and tournament director.

Pera was the Los Angeles Times and Long Beach Press Telegram Southern California Coach of the Year in 2003 and 2006, and the CIF Division III AA and SCIBCA Division III AA Coach of the Year those same seasons. He led his prep teams to seven league championships, two CIF Southern Section Division III championships, three 30-win seasons, a 102-9 record in home games and a 38-12 mark in the playoffs. While at Artesia, Pera also taught history (2000-02) and physical education (2005-06) in addition to serving as the athletic director from 2002-05.

Prior to his arrival at Artesia, Pera coached Annville-Cleona High School to the Pennsylvania state title with a 30-3 mark. He was the Lancaster/Lebanon League "PA Coach of the Year" in 1999 and earned the same honor from the Lebanon Daily News. He taught sixth grade in Palmyra from 1993-95 and in Annville from 1995-2000. He also served as an assistant coach at Elizabethtown College from 1992-93.

Pera graduated with a bachelor of arts degree from Penn State's Harrisburg campus in 1989. His wife, Alyssa, is a University of Pennsylvania graduate, earning her degree from the College of Arts and Sciences in 1998. They have two daughters, Sydney and Brynn.

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