Coach Xavier Scott (Photo: WAVY-TV10)
Football Coach Xavier Scott is honored as a Standout Coach
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
WAVY is honoring local volunteer coaches with a contest for recognizing a “Standout Coach” each week. The program has been running for a few months and it’s open to the entire region and to coaches in all sports.
Football grabs a lot of headlines, but it’s important to recognize that local coaches at the high school level and below typically do the job for little to no pay. They’re in it to see young men grow and succeed in life. It’s a calling.
Thanks to a nomination from an unknown parent or fan, former Lakeland assistant coach Xavier Scott won the Standout Coach award, presented by WAVY-TV 10. Coach Scott was thrilled to share the news.
“I’m truly humbled that the community recognized me for this accomplishment. I don’t seek recognition because I invest in the kids growth and development. That’s TRULY my calling,” said the coach.
Coach Scott has decided to step away from coaching this year and will instead spend time with his family. He plans to return to coaching soon.
“I have three small children, ages 9, 5 and 4. I’m going to spend a little time with them this season. I had multiple offers at multiple schools, however this year my children needed me for their sports,” Scott stated.
The Lakeland Football program has a new coach this year, and the Cavaliers are hoping that success is contagious. Joe Jones, formerly of Oscar Smith, takes his first head coaching job as he takes the helm for Lakeland this fall. If any bit of Oscar Smith’s winning tradition rubs off at Lakeland, the football team there is certainly in line for winning days ahead.
– Andy Hilton