Oak Ridge High School athletic director Mike Mullins announced Friday that ORHS alumnus David Scott will return as the girls head basketball coach for the Lady Wildcats after a two-year hiatus. Scott replaces Karra Jackson, who posted a 29-29 record in her two seasons at the helm before leaving to become the head coach at Ryle High School in Union, Ky.
Scott, 49, was elevated to head coach at Oak Ridge after serving four years as an assistant under ORHS legend Jill Prudden, who compiled a 908-161 overall record, which included winning three state championships and six state runners-ups, a press release said. Prudden stepped down in 2010.
Scott led the Lady Wildcats to a 21-7 record and the regular season and district tournament championship. He was named 2010-2011 District 3-AAA Coach of the Year before resigning due to family responsibilities.
“We are extremely pleased to welcome back Coach Scott,” Mullins said. “David Scott is a proven winner. He has an extraordinary work ethic and understanding of what it will take to turn our program around and once again be in contention for championships. Coach Scott’s teams are known for their fast-paced, up-tempo style offense with a stingy, relentless defense, that is an exciting brand of basketball for the players to play and the fans to watch and be proud of.”
Scott was an All-Conference and All-Region performer (1985-87) at Tennessee Wesleyan College. He led the team in assists and scoring (18 points per game) in 1987 and was inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012, the press release said.
He arrived at Wesleyan after transferring from Hiwassee College (1983-85), where he led his team to a junior college national tournament appearance. He was team leader in assists as a junior and in scoring (19 points per game) as a senior.
A native Oak Ridger, Scott was an outstanding prep player for the Wildcats (1981-83) where he garnered team MVP, All-District, All-Region, and Honorable Mention All-State honors, the release said.
Scott earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Tennessee Wesleyan College in 1988. He added a master’s degree in educational administration from Lincoln Memorial University in 1998.
He and his wife Michelle, both teachers at Robertsville Middle School, have a daughter, Elizabeth Grace (11), and a son, Daniel (8).