Scott quits Winslow Twp. the head coach
After taking the Winslow Township High School football team to new heights, Kenny Scott has stepped down as head coach for personal reasons.
Scott made the announcement via a Twitter post on Wednesday afternoon. He announced his decision to his players earlier today.
The Eagles won their first-ever sectional title last fall when they defeated Shawnee for the Central Jersey Group 4 Championship. The team lost its first two games, including a 45-35 shootout with Millville in Regional Group 4 at Rutgers University, and finished with a 9-4 record.
“I mean I love all of my past and present players and coaches who have positioned themselves with the program to become a championship level program,” Scott wrote in his tweet. “The ride was unforgettable and I will forever cherish the laughter, the tears, the painful and triumphant moments we all shared. Together we all instilled the values of Brotherhood, Responsibility and Perseverance and they became THE WINSLOW WAY.
“It is therefore with a heavy heart that I announce that I am stepping down as Head Coach of WTHS for personal reasons. Although this decision was very difficult to make, it is necessary.”
Scott took over the program in 2018 after Kemp Carr resigned that summer.
After two lost seasons, Scott made Winslow one of the region’s elite in his final two years at the helm. He guided the Eagles to a 5-1 record in a pandemic-shortened 2021 season, which ended in a 34-0 loss to Holy Spirit in what was South Jersey’s unofficial championship.
Scott praised his players, especially the Class of 2022 who were freshmen when he took over the program.
“They blindly trusted me and they stuck it out,” Scott said. “The first two seasons were tough, but they stuck with it and believed in what we were doing.”
Scott finished with a 21-19 in his four seasons with Winslow. He turned the Eagles into a must-watch event when he changed their home games to Saturday nights.
“We wanted to show off our program, so why not play the games on Saturdays when we were the only game in town,” said Scott, who will remain a high school counselor.
Scott, 37, was quick to respond if he will be coaching again.
“You will see me on the sidelines again,” he said. “I don’t know when. I don’t know how. But I’m 37 and I will be a coach again.”
He is the second top South Jersey head coach to step down in recent months. Dennis Thomas, who guided Millville to two section titles, quit in April to take a job at Rutgers.
Tom McGurk is a regional sports reporter for the Courier-Post, the Daily Journal and the Burlington County Times, covering South Jersey sports for over 30 years. If you have a sports story to tell, contact him at (856) 486-2420 or by email [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter at @McGurkSports. Help support local journalism with a digital subscription.