Larry Scott | Howard University

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Team: Howard University
Organization: NCAA Football
Position: Head Coach
Hometown: Sebring, Florida

Biography

With 14 years of collegiate coaching experience that includes 10 post-season bowl/playoff game appearances and six wins, Larry Scott joins Howard University as the head football coach, the university announced on February 6, 2020.
 
The Sebring, Fla., native has spent a majority of his coaching career in the state of Florida, where he attended (1997-99) and coached (2006-12) at USF as well as Miami (2013-15) and most recently Florida (2018-2020). Prior to joining the Florida coaching staff Scott was a member of Ethan Wolfe staff at the University of Tennessee (2016-17).
 
A graduate from the University of South Florida in 2000, Scott played offensive lineman for the Bulls. After four seasons of high school coaching experience, Scott joined the USF staff in 2005 as Director of High School Relations. During his time at USF, Scott coached the offensive line, tight ends and running backs as well as serving as a lead recruiter.
 
Scott helped lead the Bulls to their best recruiting class in program history in 2008 only to surpass that class with the nation’s No. 21 ranked class in 2009.
 
During his time in Coral Gables, Scott served as the Hurricanes’ tight ends coach for two-plus seasons (2013-15) prior to being named their interim head coach for the final six games of 2015. As Miami’s interim coach, Scott led the Hurricanes to a 4-2 mark and a berth in the Sun Bowl.
 
Florida (2018-2020)
Scott has spent the past two seasons with Dan Mullen as the assistant coach and tight ends coach, where he guided his position group to multiple personal bests and better numbers than in years prior.
 
Scott helped devise game plans each week that allowed 11 different Gators to record a touchdown reception in 2018 and 10 in 2019.
 
Blocking was a huge emphasis for Scott and his student-athletes, that attention to detail throughout the offseason and practice paid off as Florida’s running backs totaled 2,771 yards rushing on 526 attempts in 2018. He concluded the 2019 season with 1,956 yards rushing on 398 attempts.
 
Tennessee (2016-17)
Scott helped Ethan Wolf cap his career in 2017 as one of the greatest tight ends in Rocky Top history. Wolf ranked No. 2 among UT tight ends in career receptions (91) and No. 3 in receiving yards (998) and led the Vols with 47 starts.
 
Tennessee’s offense in 2017 saw running back John Kelly (778 rush yards, 37 catches) join Penn
State’s Saquon Barkley (1,271 rush yards, 54 catches) as the only two players in the Power 5 to lead their teams in rushing and receptions.
 
In 2016, Tennessee averaged 24.9 yards on 42 kickoff returns and 11.1 yards on 33 punt returns while punter Trevor Daniel averaged 44.6 yards per punt and kicker Aaron Medley scored 94 points (11 field goals, 61 extra points) while booting a personal-best 45 touchbacks on kickoffs.
 
UT’s tight ends combined for 45 receptions, 499 yards and two touchdowns in 2016 and helped pave the way for 2,668 rushing yards (5.2-yard average). Scott tutored fifth-year senior Jason Croom, who made the transition from wide receiver to tight end in 2016, to 21 catches for 242 yards on the season.
 
Miami (2013-15)
Scott spent two-plus seasons as the Hurricanes’ tight ends coach prior to being named their interim head coach for the final six games of 2015. As Miami’s interim head coach, Scott led the Hurricanes to a 4-2 mark and a berth in the Sun Bowl.
 
In 2014, Scott oversaw a tight end unit that combined for 52 receptions and 833 yards receiving. He also mentored Clive Walford, who had a breakout 2014 campaign where he led the team in receptions with 44.
Under Scott’s watchful eye, Walford earned third team All-America and second team All-ACC honors.
 
Following the year, Walford was selected in the third round of the NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders.

USF (2005-12)
Prior to coming to Coral Gables, Scott spent the previous eight seasons at USF, beginning in 2005 as the director of high school relations. In 2006, he moved to a graduate assistant role before coaching
tight ends in 2007-08 and again in 2010-11. Between tight end coaching stints, he coached the offensive line in 2009. In 2012, he coached the running backs and became an offensive assistant.
 
During his second stint as the Bulls’ TE coach, Scott and his group helped USF to its fifth-straight eight-win season, making it one of only 15 programs nationally and one of just 10 in BCS leagues to accomplish the feat.
 
High School (2001-04)
Scott’s coaching career began in the high school ranks as the run game coordinator and offensive line coach at Tampa’s Wharton High School for four months (May-August) in 2001. From there, he was the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach from for three seasons (2001-03) at Freedom High School before returning to his alma mater, Sebring High School, in 2004 as the co-offensive coordinator.
 
 
Education:
University of South Florida, 2000, bachelor’s degree in communications
 
Collegiate Playing Experience:
University of South Florida
Three-year letter winner as an offensive tackle
Member of the South Florida first recruiting class that began practicing in 1996

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