The longtime educator and coach preaches the up-tempo game

by: JOHN DENNY - Pat ScottLongtime educator and coach Pat Scott is the new head girls basketball coach at Gladstone High School, replacing Molly Wilson.

Scott, 56, has been substituting in the Silverton and Gladstone school districts this fall, after retiring after 34 years as a full-time teacher, most of it in Silverton’s Silver Falls School District.

Scott, who teaches health and physical education, says he’s coached a high school or middle school sport at some level for most of those 34 years. He’s coached boys and girls basketball, football, track and field, baseball and softball, he says.

He’s been a varsity assistant in girls basketball the last 12 seasons, coaching at Silverton High School, South Salem High School, and last year at Class 5A Lebanon.

He was head girls basketball coach at McKay High School for two seasons in the mid-90s, head boys basketball coach at Scio in 1988-89 and head boys basketball coach at Molalla High School 1998-2000. He coached freshmen football at Lake Oswego High School this fall.

Scott was named Oregon 4A Assistant Coach of the Year in 1994, when he was defensive coordinator for Silverton’s football team and assistant girls basketball coach at McKay.

A 1974 graduate of Sherwood High School, Scott holds degrees from Oregon State University (1979) and from Portland State University (1986).

He competed in lacrosse at OSU and in football, basketball and track at Sherwood High School, qualifying for state in the sprints his senior year.

Scott says he applied for the head job at Gladstone “because of the great athletic tradition that Gladstone has.”

“I was really surprised it came open,” he said. “I follow girls basketball closely and I knew Gladstone had been solid for a number of years, and they had a lot of kids coming back. It looked like a program that was well stocked.”

He says he believes in an up-tempo game, and he says he likes what he’s seen in early-season practices and open gyms.

Scott says that Clark Webster has returned as varsity assistant and coach of Gladstone’s jayvee-two team. He’s named Oregon City High School graduate Amy Chapin as varsity assistant and jayvee coach.

“Amy student taught at Gladstone last year,” Scott says.

Wilson, who teaches at John Wetten Elementary, said of her reason for leaving the girls basketball program at Gladstone: “The biggest reason is that I have to go back to get my master’s degree in order to renew my license. Full-time teaching, coaching and school was just going to be too much.”

The Gladiators went 40-29 during Wilson’s three years as head coach. They tied for second in league and made the final 16 of the state playoffs in 2009.

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