Courtesy photo LaVaar Scott has been named Sebring head football coach, taking over the reins from Jared Hamlin.
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published: Sunday, April 10, 2011
Where the heart is
By DAN HOEHNE
He could have gone other places, taken some other offers such as one from Gardner-Webb, but when the coaching bug hit him, LaVaar Scott knew where he wanted to be.
It took a few years of awaiting his chance, but that chance came Friday when Scott was named the new head coach of the Sebring Blue Streak football program, replacing Jared Hamlin, who resigned last month.
After making All-State as a player for the Streaks, Scott graduated in '98 and earned a scholarship to play at the University of Miami.
Returning home after earning his degree, he joined the Sebring coaching staff seven years ago.
"When I first got into it, I really didn't have any aspirations toward moving up," he said. "But the more I got involved, the more positive effect I saw that I could have with the kids, I started to get that desire to play an even bigger role."
And he would progress, taking over the defense the last few years, but it was still a waiting game as the Hamlin regime was turning out quality seasons year in and year out.
But when an offer came to start out a new program at a new school in northern Georgia was too inviting to pass up, Hamlin's position was vacated and Scott eagerly put his name into the hat of candidates.
"We did five in-state interviews," Sebring Athletic Director Terry Quarles said. "But when it came down to it, it was a unanimous choice for Coach Scott.
"We like his vision for the program, the discipline, character and enthusiasm he brings to the job," she continued. "He's been waiting in the wings and he is ready."
As it has been primarily his defense in recent years, not much will change on that side of the ball, and though some elements of Hamlin's offensive system will carry over, Scott has a specific vision in mind.
"I like running the ball," he said. "Pro-system, I-formation, smash-mouth football."
His coaching influences will be drawn from as well, as Scott cites the organization and structure he picked up from Hamlin and the philosophy of discipline, tough love and consistency learned at Miami under coaches Butch Davis and Randy Shannon.
"And there was coach Gary Rapp who really influenced me with his love of helping the kids," Scott added.
And while the step up includes some added responsibilities, Scott is no stranger to playing a big role in the program, having headed up the off-season conditioning for the players.
"The biggest challenge, really, is the tough schedule we're going to have," he said. "The kids are all pretty much used to me, know what I'm about and what I expect, which is that it's all about pride. Pride in how you dress, walk, work and represent yourself and our team."
Scott took a moment to thank the community for its' support as well as the Sebring High School Administration and Quarles.
"I'm just overjoyed," he said. "I serve an awesome God and he said to be patient. It was all about timing, but this is where I wanted to be. This is where I'm from, this is the place I love and this is where I want to have an influence and leave my mark."
Sebring Fireman Inc (by: Wolfgang W. Halbig - 4/13/2011)
If Lavarr Scott is going to be succesful in his new position as the Sebring High School Head Football Coach then the Sebring Fireman Inc need to immediately recruit him into their organization so he can have imput as to how he can be allowed to raise his own funds for his football program such as being allowed to collect the parking fees that is now collected by the Sebring Fireman Inc for evry football and baseball game. Why is that even allowed. The new coach should be able to keep all the monies from advertising sold on his football stadium in order to fund his program to the fullest extende and not have all those sign dollars go to the Sebring Fireman Inc. After all they have a 15 year lease contract with the Highlands County School Board that pays them $95,000 thousand dollars a year and the school board has to pay all the expenses for the parking lots upkeep, plumbing, electrical work, lights, bleachers, mowing, fertilizing, sprinkler repair, insurance and whatever they can get away with.
New Coach (by: Rootman - 4/10/2011)
I am so happy to see Lavarr get this opportunity...To see what the Love of a Great Mom and wife, and the direction and opportunities he has taken,has really workout is priceless....I know he will rub off on our students...and thats a good thing....I just wish I had more kids, so they could aid in his advice, and instruction. As a kid I sqaundered a opportunity in college football, because I was afraid, and didn't know what to expect..it would have been fantastic to be able to ask him for advice....Good Luck Mr. Scott...I'll be yelling for ya
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