Topher played hockey at Cornell University where he was a two-year captain. After a brief stint playing professionally, he went on to be a Division-One Assistant Coach for six years at Miami (Ohio) and Cornell. Topher currently resides in upstate New York with his wife and daughter where he works with organizations from the youth to college levels in Team Building and Hockey Development.
Former Cornell standout Topher Scott '08 rejoined the Big Red men's ice hockey family as an assistant coach in July 2011, then helped guide the Big Red to a 19-9-7 record and an appearance in the NCAA regional finals in his first season behind the bench on East Hill. He completed five seasons with the Big Red, helping the program capture the Ivy League title in 2013-14.
Scott spent the previous season as a volunteer assistant coach at Miami (Ohio), where his responsibilities with the RedHawks included breaking down game film and assisting in skill development with players, among other duties. Miami posted a 23-10-6 record and featured two Hobey Baker Award finalists, including winner Andy Miele. The team won its first CCHA tournament title, claiming the Mason Cup with a win over Western Michigan in the finals. A No. 1 seed in the 2011 NCAA tournament, the RedHawks finished the year eighth in both national polls. In all, three players on the team signed professional contracts.
As a four-year letter winner for the Big Red, Scott was a finalist for the Hockey Humanitarian Award and the Lowe's Senior Class Award as a senior. He received the the Nicky Bawlf Award as the most valuable player of the 2007-08 Cornell men's hockey team, while also receiving the Bill Doran Sportsmanship Award for the third consecutive season and the Mark Weiss Award. Scott finished the 2007-08 season with 30 points on 10 goals and 20 assists, with the 30 points and 10 goals both serving as his single-season highs. He concluded his Cornell career as the 44th player in Cornell history to score 100 points, finishing with 107 points on 25 goals and 82 assists. He played in all 138 of Cornell's games during his career, the second-most appearances in Cornell history. He was named honorable mention All-Ivy League for his play as a senior season. Scott was team captain as a senior and was an assistant captain as a junior and was hailed for his services to the community, including coming up with the idea for an annual "Teddy Bear Toss" for the Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes and the Franziska Racker Centers.
Following his collegiate career, Scott played professional hockey in the Central Hockey League for the Texas Brahmas and the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees before heading to Miami (OH) to begin work on his master's degree in sports behavior and performance while beginning his coaching career. Scott and his wife, Emma, reside in the Ithaca area.