Archive for Thursday, January 22, 2009

Coach Scott achieved more than winning football games

January 22, 2009

It’s a bit late but before his successor is named, we would like to offer our praise for the job former De Soto High School football coach Brad Scott did the past eight years. Scott resigned after the 2008 season, having coached the De Soto High School football team to a second post-season berth in his tenure as the Wildcats head coach.

Scott drew a thankless assignment when he took over the Wildcats coaching reins the year Mill Valley High School opened. The team had no chance of winning having been depleted by an unfortunate policy that allowed all district seniors to enroll in the new school. As it struggled, the team was the object of cheap shots from a now defunct newspaper. Scott handled that with the proper indignation, but also used it as an opportunity to teach his young players there was more to the experience than winning.

Scott learned another lesson that year and the lean year that followed. It was a lesson that was evident as the school’s football fortunes improved. On several occasions, we saw the coach call off the Cats before an easy win turned into an ugly rout. The early down years left Scott with no appetite for that kind of ego boost.

What we saw over the years was a team that hit and played hard, urged on by a coach that stayed positive in defeat and victory. Yes players were scolded, but we never saw the kind of public humiliation displayed by some coaches whose identity is too wrapped up in their teams’ winning that they are apparently unable to understand what other teaching experiences sports affords.

Scott steps away leaving a strong core and, more importantly, solid program to his successor. We hope that person shares the values Scott has demonstrated the past eight years.

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