Scott steps down as Oak Ridge basketball coach

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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Steve Scott’s stint coaching boys basketball at Oak Ridge was much shorter the second time around then it was the first.

After two years as head coach, Scott decided not to return for a third year and Oak Ridge Athletic Director Steve White is searching for a replacement.

Scott, who previously coached at Oak Ridge from 2000-2006, said he doesn’t have the time to commit to the program.

“Where I’m at in my life with Bryce playing back at Lafayette, I can’t meet the year-round commitment that’s needed to run the program,” Scott said. “I feel fortunate to have been able to come back and coach a second time and I thought I’d be there longer. It was a tough decision, but it’s the right one for the program and the right one for me.”

Scott’s son, Bryce, graduated from Oak Ridge in 2012 and recently finished his first season playing at Lafayette College in Easton, PA. With his no more coaching responsibilities, Scott hopes to see more of his son’s game, whether it be live or on television.

White is sad to see an old friend go, but is grateful for Scott’s time and commitment to the program.

“I appreciate the time and energy Steve devoted to the program,” White said. “He came in as our knight in shining armor, when we had to hire a coach quickly. We wish him the best away from the program.”

Scott said the future of the program looks good.

“Our younger classes are strong, particularly the freshmen, and with Connor Sende, Grant Dean and Brogan Cooper, there’s a solid foundation returning to build around. The Delta River League won’t be quite as strong next year with a lot of talent graduating, I think the future is bright next year and the following year as well in the new league.”