Hornets promote Scott as head football coach

Published: Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 7:17 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 7:17 p.m.

Less than a week after James Sims announced his resignation and a day after the boys basketball team fell in the Class 1A state championship, Hawthorne found its new football coach.

And it didn't have to search far.

Hornets athletic director Bobby Hill announced Thursday that Tracy Scott, former defensive coordinator for the team, has been promoted to head coach.

Scott, a Hawthorne graduate who was the interim coach between the time Ronny Pruitt left and Sims came on board, calls the promotion a dream come true.

“I grew up in Hawthorne and wanted to come back and coach,” Scott said. “To be the head coach makes it more special.”

Scott served as an assistant under Pruitt and Sims the last five years, and Hill said it was important to bring some stability to the program.

“We haven't had a coach in here for more than three years in a row, and the direction we needed to go was some stability,” Hill said. “We made the announcement in our auditorium today, and Tracy received almost a standing ovation.”

The Hornets have reached the state playoffs the last three years, losing at Jefferson County the previous two years in the regional semifinals and Daytona Beach Warner Christian in 2009 in the regional finals.

Scott believes the success of the boys basketball team can translate to the football program as well.

“Basically our basketball team is built on our football team,” he said. “Montrell Bryant really sticks out. He's a great player on offense and defense. This is the type kid you want on your team.

“Coach Pruitt and Coach Sims are two coaches I look up to. I will try to bring what I've learned working with them and try to put it together. This will be my first season, and I'm excited about it and I hope the players are excited as well.”

Bryant, who led the Hornets in scoring this season in basketball, was named first team all-state in football this past season. He will be one of the area's top seniors entering the 2012 season.

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