UNC Announces New TE Coach Chad Scott

North Carolina officially announced the hiring of new tight end coach Chad Scott.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – North Carolina alumnus Chad Scott (UNC ’04) has been hired as the Tar Heels’ tight ends/hybrids coach, head coach Larry Fedora announced Friday.

Scott returns to Chapel Hill after coaching most recently at Kentucky, where he tutored running backs from 2013-15 and was the run game coordinator in 2014-15. He helped develop a solid Wildcat running attack that featured Stanley “Boom” Williams, who rushed for 7.1 yards per carry, and Jojo Kemp, who gained 5.7 per attempt.

“We’re excited to bring back one of our alums to be a part of our program,” said Fedora, who led the Tar Heels to an 11-3 season and a No. 15 ranking in 2015. “I’ve had the opportunity to get to know Chad over the last few years and he’s an outstanding person, an excellent recruiter and a smart offensive coach. We welcome him and his wife, Shambrica, and their two children to the Tar Heel family.”

“I’m thrilled to be back in Chapel Hill working with Coach Fedora and the outstanding staff he has assembled,” said Scott, who played for the Tar Heels from 2004-05. “This is a special place where I first got an opportunity and I can speak personally to all the great things that can happen when a student-athlete chooses North Carolina. I can’t wait to hit the road recruiting and coaching these young men this spring.”

Scott spent three seasons at Texas Tech from 2010-12. While TTU was known for great success throwing the ball, Scott’s running backs made significant contributions to the offense as well. The Red Raiders rushed for 135.7 yards per game and scored 52 rushing touchdowns during his three seasons. TTU’s primary running backs averaged 5.0 yards per rushing attempt.

Scott inherited a running attack that ranked 115th in rushing offense in 2009 at 84 yards per game, improving that mark in his first season to 75th nationally with 141.3 yards per contest. The team’s leading rusher, Baron Batch, was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers and spent three years with that team.

The improvements continued in Scott’s second season as Texas Tech was on pace to have its best year rushing since the late 1990s before Tech’s top two rushers both sustained season-ending injuries. The Red Raider running backs still rushed for 1,516 yards on the season.

In 2012, TTU averaged 139.9 yards per game on the ground with three backs rushing for more than 400 yards each. Texas Tech won the TicketCity Bowl over Northwestern following the 2010 season and defeated Minnesota in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas in 2012.

Scott earned his first full-time coaching job at Troy as an assistant coach for running backs from 2007-09, helping lead the Trojans to three consecutive Sun Belt Conference Championships and a pair of appearances in the New Orleans Bowl.

Scott was a part of an offensive turnaround at Troy, inheriting an offense that ranked 66th in rushing offense and 77th in total offense prior to his arrival. In just one season, Troy moved to 35th nationally in rushing offense with 182.6 yards per game and 16th in total offense with 452.8 yards per contest. In his final season at Troy, the Trojans ranked third in the nation in total offense.

In each of Scott’s first two seasons he coached an All-Sun Belt Conference player in Kenny Cattouse and DuJuan Harris. Harris ranked second in the conference in rushing in 2008 with 1,077 yards and plays for the Minnesota Vikings. In Scott’s last season at Troy he coached Shawn Southward, who rushed for 602 yards and 12 touchdowns, to Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year honors.

In his six seasons at Troy and Texas Tech, Scott’s teams averaged 34.1 points per game.

A native of Plant City, Fla., Scott began his collegiate playing career at Kentucky before transferring to North Carolina and lettering in 2004 and 2005. He earned first-team All-ACC honors from ESPN.com after rushing for 796 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior. Scott made his first career start as a Tar Heel against No. 4 Miami and rushed for a career-high 175 yards on 25 carries and scored twice in a 31-28 victory.

Scott spent time in the National Football League with Cleveland and Pittsburgh before returning to his alma mater in 2006 as a graduate assistant video analyst.

Scott graduated from UNC in 2004 with a degree in sociology. He is married to the former Shambrica Jones, who played basketball at Kentucky, and the couple has a daughter, Kori, and a son, Jakobe.

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