A turbulent season for Piedmont head softball coach Rick Scott is over and, apparently, so is his tenure in Piedmont.
Scott submitted his resignation to the Piedmont administration last week, he confirmed to The Gazette, but days later had a change of heart. The administration considered the matter closed, however.
“Coach Scott has resigned his softball duties and we have accepted his resignation,” Piedmont schools Superintendent James White told The Gazette Friday afternoon. “The process will start fairly soon on advertising the position and interviewing candidates to fill the position.”
It was clear, though, that Scott fully intended to return to coach next season. As recently as Thursday, he planned on doing so.
“I wasn’t allowed to pull my resignation,” Scott said. “I hate that it’s happened this way.”
Scott led Piedmont to 10 state tournaments in 14 seasons, but did so with controversy along the way, this season in particular. Scott was suspended for two games after an incident with fans at a game in El Reno this season.
White declined to elaborate on the reason’s for declining to acknowledge Scott’s apparent change of heart, choosing only to cite the decision as a personnel matter.
“We appreciate coach Scott’s effort and wish him nothing but the best moving forward,” he said.
Scott isn’t sure what’s next for him, he said, but hopes to coach somewhere next season.
“It’s been an honor and a privelage to work at Piedmont,” he said. “I’m not bitter at all. I’ll let what’s going to happen, happen. I’d like to thank all those who have supported me and the program throughout the years.”