Steve Scott leaves Clay for Adams as girls hoops coach

Last year, the Adams girls basketball team did not win a single game.

So it’s hard to imagine that when they decided to make a change with their head coaching position, they could land one of the area's very best coaches. But that's exactly what Adams has done by getting Steve Scott.

After all, it was just three months ago when Scott led clay to its first sectional title in a decade.

That was a special group to Scott. In his 19 years at the school, including the last seven as its girls head coach, he shared a special bond with senior class.

"One of the best groups I've ever had,” Scott said without hesitation on Tuesday. “They are all like my own daughters.”

“I think people on the outside really don't get how much time you actually put into it,” Scott continued having to take a breath. “I'm getting choked up now just talking to you about it. It's just a wonderful group of girls and I'll never forget them."

But that group of seven seniors is now graduating and Scott found himself at crossroads.

"You just get to a point in your life where you think you have to make a change and I think I'm making a change for the better,” Scott explained.

At first reaction, many can't comprehend how a move from Clay to Adams in girls hoops is a change for the better. The eagles won just one game in the last two seasons.

"My phone is blowing up,” Scott said of people asking him why he made this decision. “My phone is actually blowing up. A lot of people don't see the big picture. I see Adams as a sleeping giant. "

Scott points to the fact that Adams is the largest of the South Bend school and has the best academics---all of which provide a better pool of student-athletes to pull from.

One of the people who still can't believe himself that Scott is the new eagles coach is Adams’ own athletic director, Bill Groves. The two have been close friends for more than 15 years.

"It's a dream come true,” Groves said of being able to get Scott. “Steve is an outstanding coach. He's built a reputation and a good program at Clay. He does things right. I've always admired his coaching."

For Scott, he knows this is a challenge and he's ready for it.

"i have no illusions about this,” Scott says. “I know it's going to take hard work. I know we are going to take our lumps. I honestly believe this can be a heck of a basketball place in a couple of years."

Only time will tell.

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