WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

WHERE ARE THEY NOW?: Darrell Scott

2013-12-30T18:00:00Z 2013-12-30T21:16:27Z WHERE ARE THEY NOW?: Darrell ScottMike Nieto mike.nieto@nwi.com, (219) 933-3232 nwitimes.com
December 30, 2013 6:00 pm  • 

South Suburban College women's basketball coach Darrell Scott is a combination coach, salesman and educator.

As coach, he has more than 400 wins, but couldn't tell you the exact number: "That's for people who keep count," he said.

What Scott has done is build South Suburban into an junior college power, winning several regional titles and making five trips to the NJCAA tourney.

As a salesman, the 1983 Roosevelt grad must not only sell his players to four-year schools, but convince high school players that a two-year college like South Suburban is for them.

"I have sat in a lot of people's homes and they tell me the last place their kid is going to end up is South Suburban," Scott said. "They have aspirations of Division I, UConn or LSU or (Indiana), but when they realize they are not going to those schools, they give us a call back and we are happy to take them. We have had a lot of our kids go on to four-year schools and play."

He said another misconception is that junior college is for non-academic qualifiers, but a lot times players go there to improve their skills.

"We have a lot of kids with 25 or 26 on their ACTs," Scott said. "They needed to work on their basketball skills to get to the next level and we can do that.

"When you leave here for a four year school, you are battle-tested and have played under pressure with our schedule."

Part of the salesmanship is building rapport with local high school coaches on both sides of the state line as well as local college coaches.

"A lot of times, even a Division-I coach is recruiting the same kid I am," Scott said. "I ask them how high is the kid on their list and if she is, then I back off. We always leave the door open that if things don't work out, you can come here.

"Chicago and Northwest Indiana has great basketball talent for we need to keep the area kids home."

Scott played for Indiana Hall of Fame basketball coach Ron Heflin at Roosevelt and was a member of the 1982 Panthers team that finished second in the state, losing to Plymouth 75-74 in double overtime in the state title game.

"That is still a tough one," Scott said. "We had a great team, great guys like Renaldo (Thomas). Great coaches."

He said playing for Heflin certainly has influenced his coaching style.

"My sister told me that my mannerisms mimic Coach Heflin and I take that as a compliment," Scott said. "He stressed to us to be competitors and not just in basketball. Coach Heflin taught you the life's lessons and what you would use outside of basketball ni your adult life.

"I teach our kids that here. Basketball is not an end-all. You use it to move to a four-year school, get a degree and become someone. If all you learn here is basketball, then I am not doing my job."

Scott played at Grinnell College in Iowa, a small liberal arts school. He graduated in 1987 and made the Midwest Conference's team for the South Division.

To submit a "Where Are They Now?" idea, contact Mike Nieto at mike.nieto@nwi.com or (219) 933-3232.

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