Ken Scalmanini
Ken Scalmanini
  • Title:
    Head Coach
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  • Overall Record:
    394-180, .686
  • SCIAC Record:
    242-82, .747
  • College:
    Cal Poly Pomona
  • Office Location:
    Roberts Pavilion - 213


Coach Scalmanini completed his 22nd season as Head Coach of the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Men's Basketball Program in 2019-20. During his tenure, Coach Scalmanini's contagious enthusiasm and vast knowledge of the game has led the Stags to unprecedented success. He currently sits as the winningest coach in CMS history, surpassing coaching legend David Wells' total career wins (324) during the 2016-17 season and currently standing at 394. The program has finished first or second in the SCIAC league 17 times, highlighted by ten SCIAC Championships in 2002, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018. Scalmanini's winning percentage places him among the top 50 of current DIII coaches.

Coach Scalmanini has built the program on the foundation of intelligent, sound motion offense and relentless, suffocating man-to-man defense. The motion offense emphasizes reactionary cutting and reading, allowing players considerable freedom in the half court. This offensive philosophy has led the Stags to shoot over 50% in three out of the past four years. The tenacious Stag defense relies on man-to-man principles with great importance on help defense. Most recently, CMS led the nation in scoring defense in 2018-19, allowing just 60.3 points per game. 

Scalmanini credits the backbone of the program to its players. In recent years, he recruited top basketball talent nationwide, from California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Arizona, Nebraska, Illinois, New York, Florida and Texas. He searches for individuals who are both unselfish, passionate players and strong, student leaders. Not surprisingly, his recruits have been successful both on and off the court, as his players have received numerous First Team All-SCIAC awards and landed esteemed internships and careers.

Coach Scalmanini has a rich basketball history. He began coaching in 1993 and served two years as an Assistant Coach at Cal Poly Pomona before joining the CMS staff. After a four-year stint as Assistant Coach at CMS, Coach Scalmanini took control of the reins in 1998. As a player, Scalmanini played two seasons at Cal Poly Pomona, where he averaged nine points, six rebounds, and four assists per game at the off-guard and small forward positions. In high school, he was the 1986 Player of the Year in the Redwood Empire League at St. Vincent's High School.

Ken Scalmanini, or "Coach Scali" as he is known, lives in Claremont with his wife Jeannie, son Kyle, who is a member of the men's basketball team at Cal State San Marcos, and daughter Emily. He is actively involved in the community as coach of Little League baseball, AYSO soccer, and All-Net middle school basketball.