Scott Padgett promoted to head coach at Samford

Scott Padgett - photo by Walter Cornett |
Scott Padgett – photo by Walter Cornett |

announced the departure of head basketball coach Bernie Seltzer on Friday and promoted former and player to replace him.

Seltzer was 24-41 and had 14 players transfer from the program during his two seasons. didn’t say whether he was fired or resigned.

Padgett had been a Samford assistant since 2012 after stints with College and the Wildcats.

The 37-year-old Padgett was a first-round draft pick by the Jazz in 1999, 28th overall. He played eight seasons with four teams.

The two-time All-Southeastern Conference forward helped the Wildcats win the 1998 national championship.

Padgett promised a pressing style of play similar to the systems he played in under and at Kentucky.