Michael Scruggs, a former assistant coach at Samford University, begins his third season as director of video operations for the LSU Lady Tigers. He also will serve as an interim assistant coach in 2014-15 after Angel Elderkin was hired as Appalachian State’s head coach in October.
Scruggs, 28, joined Nikki Caldwell’s staff in the summer of 2012 and was a member of the Lady Tigers’ Sweet 16 staff for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 campaigns.
Scruggs was a member of Samford’s staff during the 2011-12 season as the Bulldogs claimed their second straight Southern Conference Tournament championship and reached the NCAA Tournament after a 20-win campaign. In addition to his coaching duties, Scruggs coordinated all aspects of team travel, meals, scouting and recruiting at Samford.
Prior to his stint at Samford, Scruggs spent two seasons as a graduate assistant on the staff at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. During his time at Chattanooga, the Lady Mocs won the 2010 Southern Conference title and earned the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Scruggs worked mostly with the guards at Chattanooga. He also served as the academic liaison for the team, and he assisted the video coordinator. Scruggs assisted with the Lady Mocs' summer camps as well.
In addition to his experience at Chattanooga, Scruggs worked on the coaching staffs of a couple of AAU teams. He was the head coach of the 12-year old and 14-year-old teams for Tennessee Team Hustle from 2007 to 2009, and he was an assistant coach with the 15- and 16-year-old teams of the Dayton Lady Hoopsters from 2004 to 2006.
Scruggs served as an assistant coach in the Maryville Middle School Fall League in 2007. He also worked as an instructor at the Performance Training Basketball Camps (2005-09), and he was a camp counselor at the University of Tennessee's men's and women's basketball camps (2006-09). Scruggs played for the Tri-City Racers of Johnson City, Tenn., a member of the American Basketball Association, in 2008-09.
Originally from Knoxville, Tenn., Scruggs is a 2008 graduate of the University of Tennessee with a degree in sports management and a minor in business. While at UT, Scruggs served as a practice player for the Lady Vols, while LSU head coach Nikki Caldwell was an assistant coach on the staff at the time. He earned his master's degree in special education from UT-Chattanooga in 2011.
The Michael Scruggs File
Birthdate: February 25, 1986
Hometown: Knoxville, Tenn.
Undergraduate: Tennessee, 2008 (Sports Management)
Master’s: Tennessee, 2011 (Special Education)
Coaching Experience (College Level)
Year Position School
2009-2011 Graduate Assistant Tennessee-Chattanooga
2011-2012 Assistant Coach Samford
2012-present Director of Video Operations LSU