Bryan Scott to coach Central girls basketball

WOODSTOCK — Central athletic director Kenny Rinker didn’t have to look far when it came to finding a new girls basketball coach.

Bryan Scott has been the Peter Muhlenberg Middle School girls basketball coach for five years, and was slated to be Central’s head JV coach next season. So when Shanna McComb-Beverage had to step down as the varsity coach to become an assistant principal at Central, the choice was easy for Rinker and Principal Missy Hensley.

“We just felt like Bryan had been in our middle school program. He’s been around these girls for a while, and he has a good record at the middle school,” Rinker said Tuesday afternoon. “We just felt very confident in what he could accomplish. and this is what our girls needed and in order for us to move on. We just felt like he was the right fit for what we wanted here in our girls basketball program.”

Scott was officially approved as head coach for the girls basketball program on Sept. 10 at a school board meeting.

He said that being the varsity head coach was something he had always wanted to do.

“My ultimate goal was to one day be the head varsity basketball coach at Central,” Scott said on Tuesday. “I’m excited for it. I don’t think I could come into a better situation than what I’m coming into now.”

Scott said he has coached most of the players on the team at the middle school level and had success coaching them. Central went 17-8 last year, and two years ago advanced to the Group 3A state semifinals.

The Falcons were very young last year with no seniors on the team, so this year’s team should still be a young squad.

Mallory Skarupa stepped down last season after coaching the team for four years. McComb-Beverage was hired in May to replace Sakrupa, but took the job as assistant principal in August.

Rinker said that Scott had applied for the varsity head coach position after Skarupa had resigned. Rinker said they didn’t get many applicants, but they felt the ones they did get were all very qualified.

Scott is a 1987 graduate of Central and played on the boys varsity basketball team. He is also currently the head JV football coach, and said it means a lot to be coaching at Central.

“It means everything,” Scott said. “I tell the kids in football every year, ‘I don’t do this because of the money, I do it because I love Central High School.’ I love Central. I wouldn’t want to coach anywhere else but Central.”

Scott said defense and conditioning are very important to him. He said he plans to play an up-tempo style and use the full-court press.

He also knows one of the varsity players really well — his daughter Tamra Scott is a junior at Central. Tamra Scott was the team’s leading scorer last year. Bryan Scott said that he doesn’t expect coaching her to be an issue. He said he believes her freshman year at Central was the first time she didn’t have him as her coach.

“I think she’s excited about it and probably a little nervous too,” Bryan Scott said. “She knows I can get the best out of her and I’m probably going to be rougher on her than anybody else. That’s the way I coach her.”

Scott said he was excited with his assistant coaches as well. Central graduate Lauren Heishman-Taylor and Spotswood graduate Caline Rexrode will be his assistant coaches.

The Falcons have moved down from Group 3A to Group 2A this season, and they open by hosting a tip-off tournament on Dec. 4.

Scott said the biggest thing the team needs to improve on is working together.

“That’s what I’m trying to get the girls to understand is to believe in one another and play together as a team, and we’ll see that success as the season goes on,” Scott said.

Contact staff writer Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 168, or tkeeler@nvdaily.com