College - St. Francis (PA)
Scott Layden returned to the Jazz this past season as assistant coach after spending last season with NBA TV. It completes a circle of sorts for the 47-year-old, as he returns to the place where his pro basketball career started, this time as an assistant to Jerry Sloan.
Layden’s responsibilities include helping Jazz players develop and hone their basketball skills, game preparation for opponents, and coordinating advance scouts.
Prior to working with NBA TV, Layden spent four and a half years as President and General Manager of the Knicks. During his tenure the Knicks made the playoffs twice, advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2000. Prior to his stint with the Knicks, Layden spent 18 years with the Jazz, establishing a reputation as one of the game's most astute judges of talent and an instrumental figure in the Jazz' perennial success.
From 1992 through 1999, Layden was the primary Jazz contact and driving force behind all player personnel, draft and trade decisions. During his tenure as Utah's primary architect, the Jazz recorded five straight 50+ win seasons (including three 60+ win campaigns), two Midwest Division titles (1996-97 and 1997-98) and back-to-back Western Conference Championships in 1997 and 1998. Layden was runner-up (to the Lakers' Jerry West) for The Sporting News NBA Executive of the Year award in 1994-95, a season in which the Jazz went 60-22.
The 47-year old began his pro basketball career in 1981 as an assistant coach with the Jazz, leaving an assistant coaching position at Fairleigh Dickinson University. After a stint as assistant coach, he was named the Jazz' director of player personnel in 1988, and then director of basketball operations in 1992, before being promoted to vice president in September, 1996.
Layden played collegiate basketball for St. Francis College in Loretto, Pennsylvania, where he was a four-year letterman and captained the team in his senior year of 1979-80. He graduated with a degree in business management.
Scott and his wife, Marsha, have four daughters: Sarah, Hannah, Mary Frances and Emma Grace.