Team members work with strength and conditioning coach during the summer
Scott Greenawalt enters his sixth season as the men's basketball strength and conditioning coach for the Gamecocks. He previously served as an assistant strength and conditioning coach, working with the men's and women's basketball programs at Kansas State since 2006.
"Scott is as good as it gets in the world of strength and conditioning," Gamecock head coach Frank Martin commented at the time of Greenawalt's hiring. "He brings a commitment to the whole athlete. Strength, conditioning, flexibility and nutrition are just some of the things that he helps our student-athletes excel with every day."
Greenawalt has made a huge impact on the strength and conditioning for the Gamecock program, working with the student-athletes mainly out of the brand new weight room facility at the Carolina Coliseum. Greenawalt focuses on preparing the student-athlete for the rigors of the season. His efforts with the student-athletes have been instrumental in the recent success of the Gamecock program, including the 2016-17 Final Four campaign.
The Gamecocks have had success during Greenawalt's time on staff. After the 2014-15 Carolina squad posted its first winning record since the 2009-10 campaign, the 2015-16 Gamecocks put together one of the top seasons in their history, matching a school record for wins with a 25-9 overall record on the year, while the Gamecocks reached double-digit SEC wins for just the fourth time since joining the league, posting an 11-7 mark in conference contests, marking the Gamecocks' best finish in the league since the SEC combined its East and West Divisions in 2012.
The 2016-17 season would be the best in school history, as the Gamecocks set a school record with 26 wins, advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2004, posted the first program win in the NCAA Tournament since 1973, and advanced to the school's first Final Four, falling by just four points, 77-73, to Gonzaga in the national semifinals in Phoenix. South Carolina captured back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since a string of three-straight 20-win campaigns from 2003-2006, and the Gamecocks posted double-digit league victories for just the fifth time since joining the SEC in 1992.
Greenawalt played a major role in helping revitalize the Kansas State program under Bob Huggins (2006-07) and Frank Martin (2007-12), which posted six consecutive 20-win seasons and advanced to the postseason in each campaign he was a part of the program, including four trips to the NCAA Tournament.
The Wildcats advanced to the Postseason NIT in 2007, Greenawalt's first season on staff, posting an overall record of 23-12. Greenawalt played a role in the Wildcats posting their first NCAA Tournament victory since 1988 after posting a 21-12 overall record, including a third-place finish in the Big 12 with a 10-6 mark during the 2007-08 season. The finish in league play was the highest for the Wildcats since the inception of the league.
The 2008-09 squad posted 22 wins and earned an at-large bid to the Postseason NIT, which set the stage for a record-setting season in 2009-10, when the team posted a school-record 29 wins, en route to the program's first NCAA Tournament Elite Eight appearance in over two decades. The Wildcats defeated six ranked opponents that season, and concluded the year ranked in the Top 10 in both the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Top 25 Poll (No. 7) and the Associated Press Top 25 Poll (No. 7).
Kansas State followed with two more 20-win seasons, compiling a 23-11 mark in 2010-11 and a 22-11 record during the 2011-12 season. The squad advanced to the NCAA Tournament third round both years, and finished third and fifth, respectively in the Big 12 during those seasons. Greenawalt has helped coach more than 10 all-conference players, including unanimous first team selection as well as the 2008 Big 12 Player and Freshman of the Year Michael Beasley, as well as two-time First Team All-Big 12 pick Jacob Pullen. He also tutored back-to-back SEC All-Freshman Team honorees in South Carolina's Michael Carrera and Sindarius Thornwell, while the duo, along with Duane Notice, earned postseason accolades from the SEC in 2016, and Thornwell was named the SEC Player of the Year by the league's coaches following an outstanding 2017 campaign.
Greenawalt also trained the women's basketball team at Kansas State, which captured the Big 12 regular-season championship in 2008 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament four times in five seasons, including the 2011-12 campaign.
Greenawalt joined the staff at Kansas State in April 2006 after spending the previous eight years in the strength and conditioning department at Cincinnati, including seven years as an assistant. During his time with the Bearcats, he helped the men's basketball program post a 144-54 record with five 20-win seasons and six postseason appearances, including five trips to the NCAA Tournament. He helped train seven professional basketball players, 13 NFL players and former Boston Red Sox infielder Kevin Youkilis during his time with the Bearcats. Additionally, he assisted the women's basketball team to five trips to the postseason, including two NCAA Tournaments.
Greenawalt earned his bachelor's degree in physical education and health from Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio, in 1998. He was the starting linebacker for four years for the Muskies from 1993-96, earning All-Ohio Athletic Conference honors three times, and serving as team captain as a senior. He spent one season as an assistant football coach at his alma mater (1997-98), working with the inside linebackers and assisting with all aspects of the strength program.
Greenawalt and his wife, Heather, who played college soccer at Francis Marion, have two daughters, Cora and Jordan.
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