COW: Scott Early

Scott Earley is in his eighth season as the head football coach at Myrtle Beach (Myrtle Beach, SC) High School. During this time, Earley has dedicated his time to help his student-athletes become winners both on and off of the football field.

On the football field, Earley has lead his team to two region titles, most recently being this past season, going 12-1. This impressive record earned him the honor of State AAA Coach of the Year. Currently, he has his Myrtle Beach Seahawks 5-1 and on pace for another region championship. However, after coming inches away from a state championship in 2007, Earley has his sights set much higher this year.

"On the football field, Coach Earley is very intense and always gets the most out of his kids," said Myrtle Beach athletic director Doug Terry. "He always has his kids prepared and it is the same away football."

Off the football field, Earley and his players take part in numerous activities to help out their community and communities abroad. Every Saturday, the Seahawks go to Myrtle Beach Park and provide homeless people with food, clothing and backpacks. They also go to local elementary schools once a week and read to students. The elementary students look up to these local high school football players and enjoy reading with them.

The Seahawk football team runs a canned food drive each year. Once collected, Earley sends the items to areas in need. Last Christmas, they sent canned foods and toys to Hurricane Katrina victims in New Orleans. The Seahawks also volunteer their time to help out with local recreational youth football leagues. The players help by coaching, speaking, officiating and offering words of encouragement to the youngsters. In addition, Earley and his players speak at local Rotary Club meetings and other events.

"Coach Earley has worked tremendously hard to help his players understand the meaning of character and how character will help them succeed in life," said Terry. "His teams always show this on and off the field. He also makes sure his student – athletes understand that there are greater needs in this world other than athletics and that there are people out there who are less fortunate than us and need our help."

Earley also motivates his student-athletes to get involved with school and religious clubs. He stresses the importance of holding leadership positions in clubs and how they will help them get accepted into college and achieve at the next level.

Earley has been on the South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association board for the past five years and is currently the vice president. The association is the governing body that overseas all public high school coaches in South Carolina. Next season, Earley will become the president of the organization.

In recognition of Earley's achievement, the Myrtle Beach High School Athletic Department will receive a $1,000 donation from the Carolina Panthers and the National Football League.

During the 2008 season, the Panthers will select ten High School Coach of the Week winners, who will all be honored during an on-field presentation at the Panthers home game versus the Denver Broncos on December 14. At that time, the 2008 Carolina Panthers High School Coach of the Year will be announced, and the winning coach will receive an additional $1,000 donation to his school's athletic department.

The Carolina Panthers High School Coach of the Week program recognizes high school coaches who, through their hard work and dedication to young people, have made a difference in the lives of their players, school and community, and provides high schools with financial assistance to help maintain and upgrade their football programs.

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