Raul Placeres, a 2006 Maryville College graduate, brings a wealth of experience to the Scots men’s basketball staff. Placeres, a former translator in the Sevier County school system, worked on Coach Randy Lambert’s staff for eight consecutive seasons before being named by Director of Athletics Kandis Schram as the next Scots' head coach beginning with the 2019-20 season.
This Miami native played his high school ball at Gulliver Prep in Miami, Florida. He helped win two district titles and received All-Dade County first team honors following the 1999-2000 season. Placeres averaged 20.8 points and 4.6 assists per game as a senior.
As a player, this Miami native led Keystone Junior College to an “Elite 8” and “Final Four” appearance in the NJCAA following his freshman and sophomore campaigns. This junior scoring point guard paced Maryville College in assists and led the Scots to a 23-6 record and an NCAA “Sweet Sixteen” finish. Following his senior season in the orange and garnet, he earned his second consecutive All-Great South Athletic conference accolade while breaking the school record for assists in a game with 17 dishes against Oglethorpe University. Coach Placeres finished his collegiate career with over 1,100 points and over 600 assists.
Upon graduation, Raul played in the prestigious Rocky Top Basketball League and signed professionally to play with the Knoxville Thunderbolts and Smoky Mountain Jam of the ABA.
Placeres began his coaching career in 2005-2006 while finishing his MC degree. He helped the Scots to a 21-8 mark, a league championship and an NCAA tournament appearance. From 2006-2011 Coach Placeres developed the Gatlinburg Pittman High School basketball program into one of the top programs in the state of Tennessee. Before his arrival, the Highlanders won a total of 28 games in four seasons. From 2008-2011, when Placeres was named the head coach, G-P went 80-40. This three-time Sevier County “Coach of the Year” developed a pair of McDonald’s All-American nominees and sent seven players with collegiate scholarships to the next level during his tenure.
During the past eight seasons with Placeres’ guidance, the Scots have claimed a Great South conference championship (2011-12), a trio of USA South regular-season titles (2013-14, 2016-17, 2017-18), and three NCAA tournament appearances (2011-12, 2017-18, 2018-19). In 2017-18, MC battled for their first USA South tournament championship. Coach Placeres prides himself in player development and was instrumental in the success of GSAC Player of the Year and All-South performer Milt Stanley (2011-12), USA South Player of the Year, All-South, and NABC All- American Jaumonee Byrd ( 2013-14), USA South Player of the Year and All-South performer Spencer Shoffner ( 2015-16). During his tenure Coach Placeres has coached seven 1,000-plus point scorers.
Last July, Coach Placeres led BMAZE Elite to the National Championship game in the Under Armour Circuit. They lost to G3 Grind by a score of 42-39. The Under Armour circuit was made up of the finest 30 teams in the country.
Coach Placeres currently resides in Maryville with his wife, Joanna Placeres and his daughter, Santina.