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John W. Scott

This Akronite did not decide what he wanted to do in life until he was 31 and there are well over one thousand students and athletes that are extremely happy he did. The year was 1979 when John Scott decided to return to college to pursue a teaching certificate at The University of Akron. A year later, Scott, a former runner at Kenmore High and Long Beach City College, volunteered to join the legendary Bill Heideman as an assistant track coach for the Buchtel High School boys and girls. He helped Heideman produce 14 straight boys City Series championships, eight District championships, seven Regional championships and state runner-up in 1993. On the girl's side, this successful coaching duo had 11 City Series and seven District titles. Meanwhile, Scott had got his degree in '83 and began teaching English and physical education at Buchtel one year later. In '93 he became head coach of the Griffins' girls track team, and after Heideman's untimely death, the boy's track and field program one year later. He has not missed a beat. Scott's girl teams have captured all 11 City Series championships since and the boys have won all but the '98 and '03 title. During his coaching tenure at Buchtel he has directed the boys to the '96 state championship, coached 148 All-Ohio athletes and 24 state champions. His girls were District champions in '95, '96 and 2001 and Regional champs in '95. Unlike most high school coaches, Scott is busy the year round- cross country in the fall, indoor track in the winter and track and field in the spring. Scott has directed the boys cross country squad for 18 seasons, with 12 teams capturing the City Series title. On eight occasions Scott has garnered coach of the year awards in track and field and six times he earned the award in cross country.

Inducted 2003 | Coach