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Walter Scott Chosen ABC7 / NFL High School Coach of the Week

High School’s Head Football Coach, Walter Scott, was selected anABC7/NFL High School Coach of the Week for Southern California for the 2011 season. Scott was honored on KABC’s Sports Zone show on Saturday October 1, following the College Football Game of the Week. Click here to view the news segment online.
Now in his 23rdseason of coaching Whittier High School’s football team, Scott said this is the third time that he has received the Coach of the Week award. The awards are given based on nomination letters submitted by community supporters. An award is presented to one coach each week throughout the season, and honors those coaches who not only stand out because of their coaching on the field, but also for their efforts on behalf of the students, the school and the community.

In addition to the honor,Whittier High School’s football program will receive a $1,000 grant from the NFL Youth Football Fund (YFF), as well as a certificate from ABC7 and the NFL. Scott said the money will be a big help in the purchase of equipment for the program.

“Coach Scott always goes above and beyond for his students,” said Whittier High School Principal Lori Eshilian. “He is not just a coach to his players, he is their mentor, a father figure, and a positive role model on and off the field.  He holds his team to the highest standard of behavior, and instills in them a high level of Cardinal Pride. He is very deserving of this award, and we are lucky to have his leadership on our campus.”

A graduate of Whittier High School, Scott, 56, said that when he was a member of the school’s football team he was coached by the legendary Vic Lopez and Don Kelly, who now announces the team’s games. He said his coaching philosophy is to continue the WhittierHigh School tradition taught to him by Lopez and Kelly. Scott has served as Whittier High’s head coach for 18 years.

“Our goal is to teach the players to strive for excellence in the classroom, on the field and in the community,” Scott said. “We coach the student athlete. We teach them that grades come first, athletics second, and we encourage service to the community.”

Scott said Whittier High has one of the only high school football teams around that require community service of its players. The team volunteers at the Whittier Women and Children Crisis Shelter, the annual 24-hour Relay for Life that raises money for cancer causes, and an annual holiday toy drive, he said.

When asked what keeps him coaching, Scott said, it’s the kids.

“We’re blessed with good kids here and anything I can give to them so that they can be successful is important to me,” Scott said. “It’s about winning in life and giving 100 percent in every aspect of their lives.”

Jacob Collazo, who graduated last year and was on the football team all four years, said he nominated Scott for the honor because Scott is a role model to all students at the school and goes out of his way to help students succeed.

“Coach Scott always told us that school comes first,” Collazo said. “He would stay after practice with us just to help make sure we got our school work done so we could graduate on time.”