Virginia State University named Latrell Scott as the University’s 23rd head football coach on Monday, January 14, 2013.
“I believe this place is special,” Scott said at the news conference where he was introduced. “VSU has made a commitment to football.”
Scott brings 12 years of coaching experience to the Trojans. Last year, he coached tight ends at James Madison University. At JMU, Scott recruited the Metro Richmond, Williamsburg and Northern Neck areas. He spent the 2008 and 2009 seasons as the wide receivers coach at the University of Tennessee and the University of Virginia, respectively.
Before joining JMU, Scott was head coach at the University of Richmond, where he previously served as wide receiver and assistant head coach. With Scott as position coach, the 2007 Richmond team posted a then-school record 11 wins and the school’s first ever appearance in the National Semifinals. The University of Richmond eclipsed 10 team records in 2007, setting new standards for scoring average (34.9 points per game), touchdowns (63) and total offense (5,675 yards).
Scott met with current Trojan players Sunday and together the coach and team reorganized the weight room. Scott said the experience of immediately working together meshes with his philosophy for this year’s team. “Our mantra is ‘right now,’” he said.
Scott was a three-year starter at tight end at Hampton University, earning All-American honors his senior season. He played on two Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship and NCAA playoff teams and also competed in the Gridiron All-Star Classic in Orlando, FL. Scott graduated from Hampton with a sport management degree in 2001 and is a highly-regarded recruiter.
Scott said coming to an HBCU is especially significant. “My first experience with college football was watching the Gold Bowl with my Dad.”
VSU President Keith T. Miller said he was impressed with Scott’s goals for the team, both athletically and academically. “We’re delighted to have Coach Scott as a Trojan,” he said. “We’re ready to embrace what he wants to do with our football program.”
Scott, a graduate of Lee-Davis High School in Mechanicsville, VA, is married to the former Brandi Bradby.