Jeff Scott's Coaching Career Began In Columbia

Clemson co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott remembers his time when he was in charge of the Blythewood program.

Two of Jeff Scott's biggest wins in his coaching career happened a little more than 10 years apart.

In December of 2006, Scott was in his second season as Blythewood's head coach and in the Bengals first year on the varsity level, they won the Class 3A state championship on a last-second field goal which gave Blythewood a 23-21 victory over Timberland.

The 2016 high school football season marked the 10-year anniversary of that accomplishment and fortunately, the schedule worked out for Scott to come back to the stadium in late September for a halftime ceremony during one of the games.

At the time, Scott had no idea that a little more than three months later, he would be on the field for another historic victory.

"We won that state championship on a last-second field goal," Scott recalls.

"And then 10 years later, we win the national championship on very close to a last-second pass. That was very special."

Scott had been an assistant at Ridge View High School for two years before Blythewood principal Dr. Sharon Buddin tabbed Scott to lead the Bengal program. The first year, the Bengals were a junior varsity program before moving up to the varsity level for that 2006 campaign.

"I was 24 years old," Scott said.

"She knew something about people. Without that opportunity, I would never have had the opportunity to join the staff at Clemson and be where I am today. I give Dr. Sharon Buddin a lot of credit for giving me that opportunity early to be a leader."

After a two-year tenure at Blythewood, Scott did make a stop at Presbyterian College as receivers coach. He then went to Clemson as a graduate assistant. He was promoted to full-time status in the middle of the 2008 season and now he is entering his third full season as co-offensive coordinator. He also spent several years as the Tigers' recruiting coordinator before moving into his current role.

His playing career started at Hammond and then he went to Clemson as a receiver. The son of former USC head football coach Brad Scott is part of the first father-son full-time coaching combination in the history of Clemson when he and his father were on Dabo Swinney's staff together.


 

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