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Getting to know Chad Scott

Neal Brown’s coming home and he’s bringing two former Cats with him: Texas Tech running backs coach Chad Scott and Troy’s John Schlarman. Let’s get to know Scott, the man who will soon be in charge of Kentucky’s running backs.

CHAD SCOTT

Birthdate: June 11, 1981

Hometown: Plant City, Florida

Family: wife, Shambrica; daughter, Kori Cherrell

College: Kentucky, 2000-2001; North Carolina, 2003-2004

Coaching history:

2006 – 2007: North Carolina (Graduate Assistant)
2007 – 2009: Troy (Running Backs Coach)
2010 – 2012: Texas Tech (Running Backs Coach)

Kentucky ties:

Scott played for the Cats in 2000 and 2001 under Hal Mumme and Guy Morris and was recruited by Tony Franklin. As a freshman, he started seven games, led the Cats in rushing with 611 yards, and was named to the All-SEC Freshman Team. An ankle injury sidelined him as a sophomore, and he transferred to UNC, where he came into his own his senior year, leading the team in rushing with 796 yards for a 5.57 per carry average. Scott had a brief stint in the NFL, playing for the Cleveland Browns, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New York Giants before retiring to become a graduate assistant at UNC.

Why he got the job:

After Hal Mumme’s staff left Kentucky, Tony Franklin kept in touch with Scott and told him that if he ever got the chance, he would hire him on one of his coaching staffs. In 2007, Franklin did just that, bringing Scott on board at Troy, where he joined fellow former Cats Neal Brown and John Schlarman. Brown and Scott formed a close working relationship that would lead to Scott joining Brown at Texas Tech in 2010.

At Texas Tech, Scott revamped the running back corps, taking them from a unit that average 84 yards a game in 2009 to 141.3 yards a game in 2010. In 2011, his unit was plagued by injuries, but still amassed 1,516 rushing yards. This past season, Texas Tech ranked 12th in the nation in total offense (2nd in pass, 86th in rush) behind star QB Seth Doege, with Scott’s unit racking up 1,674 yards on the ground despite some of its stars sitting out due to injury.

In his own words:

On recruiting:

“I’m relentless. You’ve got to be relentless. You’ve got to attack all ends of it. You’ve got to get familiar with the coaches of the players you’re recruiting, the people that are close to the players you’re recruiting, involved with the parents, the girlfriends. If a kid doesn’t tell me no he’s extremely not interested, even if he’s being recruited by the big boys, I’m going to be in on him till the end. Some of the players we got at Signing Day were some of those kids that in the beginning, it didn’t look like we had a shot. We were there for that kid because we had been recruiting them the whole way.”

Also of note: Scott and Brown have a commitment from 2014 star D.J. Gillins, the top dual-threat quarterback in the nation according to 247Sports.

Twitter profile: @CoachChadScott

Scott doesn’t seem to be that big of a Tweeter yet, but shows promise. And like any good American, he knows the value of some smothered and covered hashbrown goodness:

Welcome home, Chad.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

14 Comments for Getting to know Chad Scott



  1. Jus Sayin
    10:41 am December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Always good to have people with Kentucky ties.



  2. R&R
    10:44 am December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Gotta love Relentless Recruiting. Stalk that kid like he owes you money!



  3. Big Blue Swagger
    10:49 am December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Saddle up! Yeehaw Cowboy Chad!!!

    Ready for a wild ride these next couple seasons.



  4. Duffus
    11:01 am December 10, 2012 Permalink

    DUFFUS SAYS: Hey Chad you are going to love our present running backs but we need more! Loved you heart when you were here before!! Let’s get it done.



  5. Big Woop
    11:01 am December 10, 2012 Permalink

    UK football will be fun once again and this time it looks like we’ll have a defense to go along with te Air Raid offense which is almost unique. These are exciting times, indeed.

    Check this out:

    http://smartfootball.com/offense/the-air-raid-offense-history-evolution-weirdness-from-mumme-to-leach-to-franklin-to-holgorsen-and-beyond



  6. the more things change, the more they stay the same
    11:03 am December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Welcome home? He was only at UK for a brief visit under Mumme. hmmm, seems like I’ve read about relentless recruiters before…like Joker, Tee Martin, Claude Bassett, etc. That worked really well. Mr. Scott will find that plenty of his targets will tell him “no he’s extremely not interested”. The big change will be UK getting 2/3 star recruits from Ohio and TX instead of GA.



  7. Fun Times Ahead
    11:08 am December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Take a note from Magic Johnson #6, BE POSITIVE



  8. Billy
    11:11 am December 10, 2012 Permalink

    This is a good move bringing Chad Schott in as RB coach. This guys is a good recruiter and a good coach. This staff is shaping up to be one of the best around.



  9. j a brooks
    11:16 am December 10, 2012 Permalink

    I not an expert so I have to defer to those who know coaches and every one in the know seems to be of the opinion that Kentucky has just gotten a major staff upgrade.

    In my opinion it seems this is shaping up to be the best UK staff of my lifetime



  10. JLivermore
    11:19 am December 10, 2012 Permalink

    I wonder what Lee Todd thinks of all this after his determined effort to rid UK of any remnants of the Mumme regime.



  11. the more things change, the more they stay the same
    11:29 am December 10, 2012 Permalink

    #7 okay, I’m positive that putting lipstick on a pig doesn’t change the fact that the pig is still a pig.



  12. Aaron Craft's Rosacea
    11:58 am December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Daniel Orton?



  13. Wild Bill
    12:18 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    @ 11 But it makes Romancing it a whole lot nicer. Worked for Kristie Allie



  14. Michael
    5:34 pm December 10, 2012 Permalink

    I just watched the video of Chad Scott. What a truly great guy he seems to be and seems to have great character as well. We are truly glad to have you at Kentucky coaching. Good luck to you and welcome back to the Big Blue Nation, Chad!!!