PORTALES, N.M. – On the morning on Wednesday
, Dec. 3, it was announced that the Eastern New Mexico University athletics family lost a friend that transcended the title of coach: Jack Scott. Scott coached the Greyhound football team from 1970-77, but his presence around the athletic department over the decades has been appreciated by everyone he came in contact with.”Jack Scott’s passing is obviously a great loss to his family. It is also a great loss to the ENMU community,” said ENMU President Dr. Steve Gamble. “As a long time football coach, Jack will always be a major part of our athletic heritage. I know of no other coach that has a more loyal following of former players than coach Scott. He demonstrated a high level of integrity in all that he did, and I know that this influenced the lives of his players. Coach Jack Scott will be greatly missed, and Eastern New Mexico University and I extend our heartfelt condolences to Roberta and the family.””The impact that Coach Scott had on the lives of the young men he coached is immeasurable,” said ENMU Athletic Director Dr. Jeff Geiser
. “Talk with them and they will attest that the reason they are successful can be traced back to the life lessons they learned from Coach Scott. To any coach this is the highest compliment.”
“Coach Scott will be truly missed,” said Greyhound football coach Josh Lynn. “He was respected, honored and loved by his former Greyhound football players. There is not one of his past players that I have come across that didn’t love Coach Scott. I believe that is a true measure of what kind of person and coach he was.”
Scott’s love for ENMU athletics and everything associated with it was contagious to everyone around him. His booming voice filled the hallways of Greyhound Arena with discussions of games, sage advice and simple words of encouragement. He was a profound impact on anyone involved with the athletic department and university.
Fifth in victories among ENMU football coaches, Scott led the Hounds to 40 wins, with four winning seasons. His finest season came in 1975, when the Hounds posted an 8-3 season, which opened with a resounding 52-6 win at Oklahoma Panhandle State on the way to a 5-0 start. In 2008, Scott received the “Distinguished Faculty Emeriti” awards from The Friends of Eastern Foundation.
“When I arrived as the News Services/Sports Information Director at Eastern New Mexico University in 1982, my very first weekend I traveled for a football game to Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado, with Jack Scott who was the radio color commentator,” said ENMU director of media relations Wendel Sloan. “Although I’d never met him before, and knew almost no one in New Mexico, he instantly made me feel at home. By the time we’d returned to Portales, he felt like an old friend. Our friendship only grew over the years. I often saw him when we were both working out at Greyhound Arena, or at local restaurants where he was always surrounded by friends. He always took time out to greet me with a cheerful laugh about some experience we’d shared together, while complimenting me about something no one else would even notice. He truly was one of the most positive, genuine, caring people I’ve ever met. My world will be a little emptier with his passing, but far richer for having known him.”
“I first met Coach Scott when I was a student at ENMU and he would always talk to me,” said ENMU volleyball coach Sia Poyer. “I didn’t know who he was at first and when I found out that he was a legend at ENMU; I just couldn’t believe and was so overwhelmed that someone like Coach Scott would go out of his way to speak to ‘a nobody’ me. Little did I know that I had gained a friend and a supporter for life. He was at our home matches, practices and stopped by the office to always encourage and support. He was one of the first persons to congratulate me when I received my master’s degree. When I got my first head coaching job at Valdosta State 10 years ago; he told me that I was going to do great things and that I will always have a home at Portales. When I came back to be the head coach at ENMU; I just happened to be walking by the Max-Pac and saw Coach Scott talking to students, encouraging, making them feel special and telling them that they are going to do great things. I love you and I’m going to miss you Coach.”
“It is people like Coach Scott that have made Portales feel like home to me since I arrived at ENMU,” said athletic communications director Adam Pitterman. “Whether getting encouragement at the gym, taking about our teams or just making conversation, he always was interested in how I was doing and how everything was with our teams. He was a great man and will be missed.”