|Position:||Academic Advisor/Learning Specialist (golf, row, wsoc, swim, wtn, wtrk, wxc)|
|Education:||Harvey Mudd '89, Washington '93|
Mike Scott enters his 19th year with the Rhode Island academic advising staff in 2017-18. Currently, he works with the golf, rowing, women's soccer, swimming & diving, tennis and women's cross country/track & field teams. Scott also has worked, at various times, with URI's football, gymnastics, and men's cross country/track & field teams.
Scott coordinates with faculty from the URI Honors Program to develop programs targeted at the Athletic Department's most academically talented students to help them prepare for postgraduate study and serves as chapter president of Chi Alpha Sigma, the National Student Athlete Honor Society.
Under his tenure, URI has had two winners of the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship - Field Hockey's Joy Hess in 2004-05 and Soccer's Melanie Kasparek in 2005-06 - and two Atlantic-10 Postgraduate Scholarship winners - Soccer's Melanie Kasparek in 2006 and Track & Field/Cross Country's Emily Anderson in 2007. He also teaches an athletic-interest section of URI 101, a freshman seminar that introduces new students to URI and campus life. Scott is the advisor for URI's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Scott also currently serves on the Student Affairs Assessment Committee and has served on the Academic Integrity Committee for URI's 2004-05 NCAA Certification. He assists with URI's Women's Cross Country/Track & Field team. During the 2003-04 seasons, he served as the interim assistant coach for the team's middle and long distance runners while head coach Laurie Feit-Melnick was on maternity leave. Since then he has continued to work with the team as a volunteer assistant coach and more recently as Director of Operations.
During his tenure, he has helped mentor several Atlantic 10 Conference champions while the team won the 2004 and 2005 Atlantic 10 Indoor Track & Field Championships, as well as the 2004 and 2005 Atlantic 10 Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Prior to his arrival at Rhode Island, Scott was the Tutorial Coordinator for the University of Washington's Student Athlete Academic Services unit where he managed the school's extensive tutoring program.
Scott earned his B.S. in sociotechnical systems/psychology from Harvey Mudd College (Claremont, Calif.) in 1989 and received his M.S. in psychology (cognitive) with a minor in sport psychology from the University of Washington in 1993. Scott's own background is as a student athlete; while at Harvey Mudd College, he qualified individually for two NCAA cross country and one NCAA track & field championships. He established several still-standing school records, was a two-time conference Athlete of the Year, and was inducted into his alma mater's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999. While in graduate school in Seattle, Scott competed for Club Northwest and was a member of the squad's 1990 USA 12K Cross Country National Championships team.
Following his retirement as a competitive athlete, he served as Team Manager/Coach for Seattle's Club Northwest from 1991-1996. During those six years his women's cross country teams won three national titles in six years (1991, 1993, 1996) and his men's squad won the 1991 championship and claimed runner-up honors in 1995. His athletes have competed on four different U.S. National Teams competing at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships.
Scott has been actively involved with USA Track & Field since 1991. Since 2003, he has chaired USATF's Cross Country Council, which oversees the USA national championships, international teams, and national development programs in that discipline. Scott received USATF's President's Award in 2001 for his long-term contributions to cross country and distance running at the national level. Scott is a four-time USA National Team Coach. He has served as the Senior Men's Coach for the 2004 IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Brussels, Belgium, the Junior Women's Coach at the 2006 IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Fukuoka, Japan, the Junior Men's Coach at the 2000 World Cross Country Championships in Vilamoura, Portugal, and the Team Leader/Manager for the USA National Team at the 1994 Yokohama International Ekiden Relay.