Piedmont will have a new softball coach next season.
The saga of former head coach Rick Scott’s planned resignation and attempt to return met a final end when the Piedmont school board did not discuss the item at Monday’s meeting. Instead, school board member Karen Green read a prepared statement, stating that the board supported Piedmont Superintendent Dr. James White’s acceptance of Scott’s resignation and that the board considered the matter final.
The board also voted to ask the Piedmont Police Department and, or the Canadian County District Attorney’s office to investigate the misuse of Piedmont Fast Pitch Softball funds previously held by a limited liability corporation represented by Scott.
Scott, who submitted his resignation Sept. 1 then changed his mind in mid-October, has said previously that ‘mistakes were made’ with some funds, but said they were made unintentionally and corrected soon after. He denied any wrongdoing.
Piedmont’s administration saw it differently, though, and would not allow Scott to pull his resignation.
Scott coached 15 seasons in Piedmont, leading the Lady Wildcats to 10 state tournaments and three appearances in the state title game. He was 455-121 overall.
In a text message to The Gazette, Scott thanked his supporters and said he respected the board and Dr. White’s decision.
“It has been my honor to represent Piedmont. It was an awesome run,” he said. “I can’t describe how much love and appreciation I have for the community, especially during these last few weeks. My current and former student athletes have blessed my life beyond what I deserve.”
More than 100 supporters of Scott’s gathered at the school board meeting to voice their support for Scott in hopes of persuading the school board to allow the coach to return. The board stood by its administration;s decision, however.
Earlier in the process, Scott indicated he’d like to coach at another school next season if he was not allowed to return as head coach in Piedmont. His intentions are unclear now.
Piedmont has begun the search for the next coach. Potential candidates include assistant coaches Todd Brown and Ken McQueen, as well as Piedmont head baseball coach Kory Williams. Williams currently serves as the head junior high softball coach.
The Lady Wildcats went 26-14 last season, losing to Carl Albert in the Class 5A state quarterfinals.