Steve Scott returns to coach at Oak Ridge

By: Matt Long
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Five years after resigning as Oak Ridge High’s varsity boys’ basketball coach, Steve Scott has returned. Scott, 54, will coach the varsity boys’ basketball team this season, replacing Bob Christensen, who coached the team the last three seasons after a two-year stint by Rob Skaggs. Christensen resigned earlier this month after a change in his job that will not allow him time to coach this season. “It was one of the most difficult decisions I’ve had to make,” Christensen said. “I had an opportunity to work some more and I had to take it and with that I just wouldn’t have the time it takes to coach the team. My years coaching at Oak Ridge were a great experience for me.” While Christensen is crushed at having to step down, Scott, 54, a special education teacher at El Dorado High, is thrilled to be back at Oak Ridge. “I’m privileged to be a coach again at Oak Ridge,” Scott said. “I’m excited to be back; I’ve still got a lot of friends there and I know a lot of the players.” Scott wasn’t the only one happy to be back. Oak Ridge Athletic Director Steve White was pleased as well. “Whenever you’re in a situation where you have to hire a coach at this time of year, we’re very fortunate to find someone of Steve’s pedigree,” White said, referring to the man who directed Oak Ridge to a Division II state championship in 2005. “I’m glad to have him back on board. He’s a great coach with great character. He’s enthusiastic and he’s easy to work with.” With his return to Oak Ridge, Scott will have an opportunity to coach his son, Bryce, during his senior season. It’s another aspect of the job that was enticing to him. “That’s something that offers another set of challenges and we had a long talk before I even applied for the position,” Scott said. “He’s comfortable with it and so am I.” Scott is familiar with the team, as he’s watched the team the last two seasons with Bryce being on the team. He’s also coached several of the players are various times when they were younger. “They have three outstanding players with Matt Howard, Scott Sanchez and Bryce, three all-league caliber players,” Scott said. “Josh Simms, Steve Hoffman and Roman Andrus and some other guys have gotten better each year and Bobby (Christensen) did a great job with them. From what I saw over the some I’m pretty excited about these guys. If they can be committed to defense I think we can have a pretty good team.”