Andy Scott resigned from his position as head football at Kennesaw Mountain on Friday, saying he “just felt like we had maxed out as far as what we could do here.”
The third head coach in the Mustangs’ 18-year history, Scott took over a program that had gone winless in 2011 and won four games in his first season in 2012. The second-winningest coach in program history, Scott was 18-42 in six seasons at the helm.
“I briefly spoke to the team Friday right before they went home,” he said. “They weren’t happy. To be honest, coaching is about building relationships and I think, if there’s one thing I can say about working at Kennesaw Mountain, is that the kids were incredible.
“There was never a day at practice, in the weight room or on Friday nights where I felt that these kids would not give us every ounce that they ever had. As a coach, you try to coach every kid like they’re your own son, and that’s what we tried to do. I think our kids played extremely well and extremely competitive in a very difficult and tough situation.”
Scott had high hopes for this year’s Kennesaw Mountain team, which returned nine of 11 starters on offense and a vast amount of experience on both sides of the ball. The Mustangs got off to a 4-1 start — the best in team history — only to suffer through their third straight winless region slate and fourth in five years.
Kennesaw Mountain has never made the state playoffs.
“The biggest reason was I felt like this was the best that we could do,” Scott said of stepping down. “We’re kind of in a situation region-wise and school-wise that it felt like we could compete with schools that were our same size, but it felt like it would be better off for me as a coach that I’d just explore other opportunities.
“I think there’s a lot of people that don’t really understand the dynamics of a math/science magnet school. They don’t understand the dynamics of having 1,200 less kids in your feeder pattern. There are a lot of dynamics that go into coaching at Kennesaw Mountain that the normal fan really doesn’t see.”
Scott said he had been thinking about the decision to resign over the last few weeks, since the season ended. Former coach at Perry for five seasons, Scott said he recalled taking over a 0-10 Kennesaw Mountain team believing he could get the program going in the right direction.
“As a coach, you believe you can go anywhere and feel like you can conquer the world,” he said. “I spent six years here. My son graduated from here, but, win or lose, I felt like I couldn’t do any more than I already had.”
Kennesaw Mountain athletics director Don Baker was sorry to see Scott step down.
“Thanks and appreciation go out to Coach Scott and his family for the positive impact they have had on the Kennesaw Mountain community over the last six years,” Baker said in an email to the Marietta Daily Journal.
“So many aspects of a coach’s job are not represented on a stat sheet or in the newspaper, and Coach Scott has done a great job in so many of these areas, and for that I am very grateful.
“This transition was in the best interest of all involved. Coach Scott felt he had done as much as he could at Kennesaw Mountain, and we are better for his efforts and wish him nothing but the best moving forward. We are in the early stages of the hiring process and will begin reaching out to candidates soon.”
Scott was unsure of his future, but he has no desire to step away from coaching.
“I’ve always been a guy that’s tried to be loyal to the process and loyal to the school, and I didn’t want to be looking around for a job and having one. That’s not my style,” he said. “I’m excited about what’s in the future, but, at the end of the day, I can’t predict that. I love coaching, and I’m obviously going to do that, but it won’t be back here at the Mountain.”