HALE – When it comes to its varsity football head coach position, Hale has seen a bit of a revolving door in recent years. This spring, Pete Scott, a former assistant with the team was named the program’s sixth head coach since the 2009 season.
“I’m very grateful for the opportunity,” Scott said. “We’re optimistic but I think every coach in the state is right now. We just have to focus on ourselves, I know that sounds like coach-speak but it’s true. We have a lot of talent, our kids win in track and basketball, so there is no reason we can’t win in football. It’s a different sport because you don’t automatically qualify for the playoffs, so you have to put in an lot of extra work because of that.”
Scott was also the varsity head coach at Pontiac High School in 2015. He was also Hale’s varsity assistant last year and coached the middle school team in 2017. Before that he was an assistant at Walled Lake Western and Walled Lake Northern. He coached under hall of fame coaches Chuck Apap and Mike Zdebski. Scott is a 2005 Walled Lake Central graduate.
“I know the kids, I know the areas needed for improvement, I know our strength and our schedule,” he said of the benefits of being familiar with the program. “The off season was short though and many kids play other sports so having a true off-season is always a challenge. After last year we felt we needed a better commitment from our kids and that could come in the form of having more efficiency in our communications with players. To help with those efforts, we built a team website, a Twitter page and Facebook.”
The Eagles joined 8-man football in 2015, and while they have won significantly more games since that jump, the program is still eying its first playoff berth since 1999. Last year’s squad struggled through an injury-riddled 2-7 campaign.
“We’re hoping the program is changing but talk is cheap, you either win our you don’t,” Scott said. “I’m not sure I have a coaching style, I just try to be me, teach the game that was taught to me by some of the best coaches in the history of the State of Michigan.”
Hale opens the season Aug. 29 at home against AuGres. Scott is hoping his tenure gets off on the right foot.
“We struggle because we have high expectations but we don’t want to run kids off, there is a balancing act,” he said. “It’s not these kids fault either, they think we get a new football coach every two years, so what does it matter? It’s not a quick fix, we can’t just snap our fingers, it might take time. I’m hoping that the kids buy in and put the team before themselves. If you do that usually good things happen.”