Marcus Scott

Head football coach at Destrehan High School

Scott led the Destrehan Wildcats to an undefeated season and the Division I non-select state championship this year, but he says a coach’s commitment to his players isn’t limited to helping them reach on-field accolades. Through his role as a mentor, he aims to help build capable and successful young men who have a strong work ethic, fine manners and perseverance through adversity. If one works hard and refuses to quit, Scott says, the sky is the limit – and he wants each of his players to carry that from the Destrehan program first and foremost.

Three key points

“Work ethic, manners and not quitting. If you can treat people right and you’re willing to work for success, you can be successful. If we as coaches only focus on what our players do on the field, we’re doing them a disservice. Our responsibility as coaches is to also be mentors – I always say it’s a lifelong commitment to the kids that carries long after they quit playing. They should be able to call us for advice or for anything they need. We have coaches who are godfathers, who have stood in weddings (for the players), and that’s what it’s all about.”

Like father, like son

“My dad was my first coach. He coached me through middle school and high school, and it had a lot to do with me choosing this profession. All of the coaches in my life were very instrumental … they were people I looked up to, and that inspired me.”

The Golden Rule

“On top of everything else, we talk a lot about how we treat people and, specifically, people who basically can’t do anything for you. You treat the CEO just as you would one of the workers – with a high level of respect that should not change.”



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