Davidson Head Coach Scott Abell (Video Still: Byron Jones/recruit804)
Scott Abell brings positive change to Davidson
by Byron Jones, recruit804
Davidson College prides itself on two things… Academics and being known as the place that produced Steph Curry. For many years football has been an afterthought in the minds of the administration, students, and alumni of the college. Prior to Scott Abell’s arrival, the Wildcats had not experienced a winning season since 2007 and had lost 16 consecutive conference games. In his first year at the helm, Abell was able to guide Davidson to a 6-5 overall record by installing an up-tempo gun-option offense and getting the players to believe in him and his system.
Davidson Offense 2018
- #1 Rushing Offense in the entire NCAA
- #1 in yards per rush in the entire NCAA
- #1 rushing offense (FCS)
- #5 Scoring Offense (FCS)
- NCAA record for most yards in a game (789 yards vs. University of San Diego)
- Scored 91 points against Guilford College
Who is Scott Abell?
Upon graduating from Longwood University in 1992, Abell was selected by the Kansas City Royals and spent a season in their minor league system. Abell opted to focus on a coaching career after that season and headed to Albemarle High school located in Charlottesville, VA. After stints at Albemarle, Western Albemarle, and Altavista High School, Abell landed his first head coaching job at Liberty High School (Bedford, VA) in 1997 and remained at the school until 2001. In 2002, Abell went to Amherst County High School where he won back-to-back state titles in 2006 and 2007.
Abell’s success at the high school level caught the attention of Head Coach Frank Miriello and Washington and Lee University, and in 2008 he became the offensive coordinator for the Generals. Following the retirement of Miriello at the conclusion of the 2011 season, Abell took over the program.
From 2012-2017, Abell guided the Generals to an unprecedented run of success the school had never witnessed. He was able to compile a 39-24 record (28-13 in ODAC play), winning three conference titles, and his offensive rushing attack was #1 in the nation for Division III three out of the six years he was there.
When asked about his journey from being high school football coach to now leading a Division I program, Abell replied, “Certainly my path is very unique. Probably one of the more unique paths to get to where I am today. I think it really comes down to following your passion and doing what you love to do. I knew when my baseball career ended years ago, I wanted to coach football. Really wanted to be involved at the high school level teaching and coaching and really thought that was what I was destined to do. In 2008 I got an unbelievable opportunity to go to Washington and Lee with Coach Miriello and be his Offensive coordinator and work with that staff. Really life changing opportunity. And here I am today the Head Coach down at Davidson. I’m just blessed to have been apart of some great staffs along the way and work with some great people who have allowed me to be where I am today.”
– Byron Jones