MILTON, Ga. — Milton High School football coach Mike Scott succumbed to pancreatic cancer Saturday, Dec. 1.
“A man never stands so tall or straight when he stoops to help the youth of a community,” Milton High School head coach Howie DeCristofaro said about Scott.
“Mike wasn’t like other people,” said Todd Perry, a close friend of Scott. “He was special.”
Perry became emotional while talking about his friend.
“Mike had a passion for football, but his true passion was for the boys,” he said. “He taught these kids that football prepares you for life, for dealing with the challenges it brings.”
Scott, known to most as Big Show because of his booming size and personality, played college football for only a short time.
“He had a heart problem and didn’t pass his physical the year he was set to play in the starting line up,” Perry said.
Perry said that while Scott’s heart wasn’t strong enough to play the sport, it was too strong to walk away from it entirely.
“He ended up being a student coach for the team,” he said. “And that’s where he found his passion for coaching.”
Scott’s coaching career included Trinity University in Texas, the University of Central Florida, the University of West Georgia, Southeastern Louisiana University, the University of West Alabama and Milton High School.
“Mike put his heart into everything he did,” Milton Athletic Director Gary Sylvestri said. “He never said no to anyone, and even though he had this big, tough guy presence, the kids saw through it, and they respected him.”
Scott is survived by his wife of nearly eight years, Mary Jane Bray Scott; daughter, Abigail Scott; and son, Anthony Michael Scott, all of Canton; father, Waller Massie Scott Jr. of West Chester, Ohio; and sister, Debbie Scott Harrison of Nicholasville, Ky.
Scott's successor was named in late December to be Justin Sanderson, Roswell’s head football coach the past two seasons.
Sanderson was recently replaced as the Roswell Hornets’ head coach. He will coach the offensive line and coordinate the running game for the Eagles, according to head coach Howie DeCristofaro.