San Diego fires Sam Scholl as men's basketball head coach after Toreros finish season at 15-16

San Diego fired men's basketball coach Sam Scholl after four seasons, the school announced on Sunday night.

The Toreros finished their season on Friday, getting knocked out of the West Coast Conference tournament by Portland. San Diego went 15-16 overall and 7-9 in WCC play.

Scholl took over as interim coach toward the end of the 2017-18 season and was elevated to the permanent job after the campaign ended. His best season came in 2018-19, when he led San Diego to 21 wins and an NIT appearance. He followed that up with 9-23 and 3-11 seasons the last two years, and San Diego was off to a 13-9 start this season before struggling down the stretch.

In four seasons at the helm, Scholl went 48-65 overall.

"Decisions like this are very difficult, especially when it involves people you care so much about," San Diego athletic director Bill McGillis said in a statement. "Coach Scholl is an amazing man, and he has been a tremendous mentor to the young men in our program. Although we have not achieved the competitive progress we expected, Sam has poured his heart and soul into USD basketball, and he has led our program with great integrity from day one."

Scholl has spent much of his basketball career at San Diego, playing there for two seasons and spending 10 more seasons as an assistant coach before being promoted to the top job. He also spent eight seasons as an assistant at Santa Clara.

"Sam has represented the university with great class, and no one cares more about the Toreros than he does," McGillis said. "We are truly grateful for his leadership and wish him the very best moving forward."