After a decade of success as the Surry Central High School baseball coach, Matt Scott has decided it’s time to hand the reins of the program to someone else.
Scott, who has been the head varsity coach of the Golden Eagles for the past eight seasons, informed school officials earlier this week that he would be stepping down from the position. Surry Central completed its season on Tuesday night with a loss to Forbush in the first round of the NCHSAA 2A state playoffs.
During his tenure, the Eagles made the state playoffs in seven of the right seasons in which he was the team’s head coach. Surry Central won conference championships in 2010 and 2013, and advanced to the state 2A Final Four in 2010. In addition, the program has sent at least one player on to the collegiate level in each of the past seven years.
“Coach Scott’s leadership of the baseball program at Surry Central has been invaluable,” said Surry Central athletic director Myles Wilmoth. “His straightforward approach with players has garnered love and respect as evidenced by the hugs and tears following Tuesday’s loss at Forbush. Coach Scott has been one of the most influential and innovative coaches at Surry Central in building his program. He will be missed as a coach.”
Scott, a 1999 graduate of SCHS, has four children and a fifth on the way. He decided that he needed to devote more time to his family. He will continue as a math teacher at Surry Central.
After graduating from Central, Scott played two seasons of college baseball next door at Surry Community College and then transferred to UNC-Pembroke, where he played two more years for the Braves. Upon graduating from UNCP, Scott served as a teacher and assistant baseball coach at Northwood High School for two years. He continued his career at South Stokes for one year before returning to his alma mater, Surry Central, in 2006.
After two seasons as an assistant coach with the Golden Eagles, he was elevated to the head coaching position in 2008.
In addition to the on-field successes as a team, Coach Scott led the renovation of the Surry Central baseball field. The renovation included brick dugouts, a brick backstop, complete field reconstruction and irrigation, and a new state-of-the-art scoreboard. His countless hours working on the field resulted in Surry Central being named the 2015 Region 7 North Carolina Baseball Coaches Association Field of the year.
Wilmoth is currently conducting a search for a new head coach for the Eagles.