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Scott tapped as inaugural Coach of the Year honoree
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Escalon wrestling coach Derek Scott was presented with the inaugural Escalon Coach of the Year award during the recent Spring Sports Awards Night hosted at the school, recognized for his achievements and commitment to EHS athletics. Marg Jackson/The Times

Longtime Escalon High School teacher and coach Derek Scott has been named as the school’s inaugural “Escalon Coach of the Year” and received the honor at the Monday, May 13 Spring Sports Awards Night celebration.

In introducing the award, Athletic Director Andrew Beam said the idea behind it is to honor a coach who has made a huge impact.

The description on the award reads: “In recognition and appreciation to a varsity coach each year for their unwavering dedication to our Escalon High School athletic teams. This award is given annually to the coach who demonstrates outstanding achievement and is recognized for their continuous contributions to the advancement of Escalon High School’s athletic legacy.”

Beam said the award is voted on by fellow varsity coaches and the school administration. Outlining some of Coach Scott’s achievements, Beam said “his resumé is legendary.”

Heading up the wrestling program, Beam noted that Scott’s teams have “won the TVL title in wrestling 20 of the last 23 years” and have set a standard for the athletes to follow in their footsteps.

“His teams have won 10 Section championships,” Beam added. “This year’s accomplishments include being undefeated TVL champions, Division 5 team dual champions, Division 5 individual Section champions, he was also named the TVL Coach of the Year.”

Scott accepted the award, with a handshake from Beam, and acknowledged the crowd’s applause but declined to step to the podium for an acceptance speech.

“I personally cannot think of a better inaugural award winner than the longest-tenured coach at Escalon High School to win this year’s award,” Beam noted. “His leadership and influence far exceed just his coaching roles on campus. He goes above and beyond for student athletes while still pushing them to some of the highest achievements on campus.”