Father-son combo still working well

CLEMSON – Jeff and Brad Scott continue to make history at Clemson as they enter their second full season together under head coach Dabo Swinney.

The Scotts are the first father and son duo to work on the same staff at Clemson.

The elder started his career in 1980 as an assistant at Hardee High School in Wauchula, Fla. before moving on to Florida State, South Carolina and then Clemson.

"What a great opportunity it is for me. I've had a lot of great things happen in my career. None are any more special than having a chance to coach with your son on the staff," he said.

For the younger Scott, he continues to realize the dream he's had for most of his life.

"I knew from about the age of eight or nine years old. Growing up at Florida State, coach Bobby Bowden was great about letting the coaches' sons in the locker room after games, on the sidelines during games," he said. "Being around those experiences from a very young age, I knew this was what I wanted to do. Even more than playing, I wanted to coach."

Bowden hired Brad in 1983. He served as the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach in the final four seasons of his 11-year tenure. The Seminoles won the 1993 National Championship, which featured Heisman Trophy winner Charlie Ward at quarterback.

After five years as the head coach at South Carolina, Scott was hired at Clemson in 1999. He served as the offensive coordinator from 2001-03 and the Tigers produced three of the top-six years in school history in total offense. Records were set for total yards, passing yards, completions and touchdown passes.

He now serves as associate head coach/offensive guards and centers coach.

"My dad is a role model in this profession for me," Jeff said. "He's definitely one of the coaches that have had an impact in my life."

"Jeff, he worked his way in there. He did a good job and earned the right to be here. He's done a nice job with our recruiting and with our receivers," Brad said.
A former Clemson wide receiver/holder, Jeff graduated from Clemson in 2003 and coached Blythewood High School to a state title in the first season the school fielded a team (2006).

He moved to Presbyterian in 2007 where he worked as an assistant. Jeff was back in Clemson as a graduate assistant under Tommy Bowden in 2008. He was then hired as wide receivers coach when Swinney was named head coach midway through that season and has since been named recruiting coordinator.

"Jeff, he worked his way in there. He did a good job and earned the right to be here. He's done a nice job with our recruiting and with our receivers," Brad said.

His start in coaching was a result of the impact made by high school coaches.

"That was something special, to play high school football," Brad said. "My coaches had a great impact on my life. As I began looking at what I was going to do with my career, things just kind of pointed in that direction."

Jeff thinks back to the years the family spent in Tallahassee. That's where the foundation was laid.

"Watching coach Bobby Bowden and the way that he would handle situations that would come up—the way he would keep his composure in difficult situations during big-time games," Jeff said. "All the little things you pick up, I definitely think he had an impact on my career. If we didn't have the access like we did, I don't know if I would have caught the bug as early."

The father and son have enjoyed working side by side.

"It certainly is special to have that opportunity to work with your son. My wife's really happy about it," Brad said.

Jeff said, "It's something we enjoy and something we're going to be able to look back on 20 years from now and say it was pretty awesome to have a chance to work together."

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