Veteran mentor Scott Groninger returns to the UWG sidelines for the new season. Groninger is now in his ninth campaign as the Wolves’ head coach, and is looking for bigger and better success in 2018-19.
Groninger is coming off of a 16-12 campaign a season ago, where the Wolves finished 12-8 in the Gulf South Conference and earned the fifth seed in the 2018 GSC Basketball Tournament. Additionally, Groninger won his 100th game at UWG during the 2017-18 season.
Groninger has put together an 88-107 record in seven seasons as the Wolves’ head coach, with his best season coming in 2014-15, a 19-11 overall finish and a 13-9 mark in Gulf South Conference play. Groniger’s Wolves reached the Gulf South Conference Tournament Semifinals two years straight in the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons. Groninger tied his best conference record a season ago, going 13-9 in GSC play in 2016-17.
In his previous seven seasons, Groninger has coached six All-Gulf South Conference selections, and landed two on the All-South Region Teams and two Honorable Mention All-America Selections. De'Ashia Jones was the most recent selection, being named Second Team All-GSC in 2017. Katrina Littlepage was named both All-Region and All-America in 2015-16 while Taylor Beverly earned that honor in her one season in Carrollton in 2014-15.
Groninger came to West Georgia following a successful stint at GSC rival Christian Brothers. Prior to his service at Christian Brothers, he captured league coach of the year honors in leading Chowan (N.C.) to a conference title in 2004. Also, he previously served as an assistant at a pair of Division I programs: Kentucky and Chicago State.
Groninger is a graduate of William Jewell (Mo.) College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He also holds a Master of Health Science from Georgia Southern University. He and his wife Kelly are parents of three daughters: Megan, Kristen and Mary-Kate.