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.”