NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Norfolk State University’s athletic director Marty Miller introduced Latrell Scott as the new head football coach, during an Tuesday morning news conference.
Scott was recently named CIAA Coach of the Year and was the former head coach at the University of Richmond. He is replacing longtime NSU coach Pete Adrian who stepped down after 10 years.
Scott spent the last two seasons at Virginia State University, where his team won the CIAA Championship. Before that, he spent a season as head coach at the University of Richmond, and also made coaching stops at the University of Virginia and the University of Tennessee.
Maybe the most interesting fact on his resume, Scott was a tight end for his alma mater; Hampton University. ” Yeah, we’re all crossed up,” Scott said with a chuckle at Tuesday’s introductory press conference in Norfolk, “All great programs, all have great tradition dating back to the days of the CIAA, and I’m just excited and proud to be a part of it.”
He takes over a program that finished 4-8 overall and 4-4 in MEAC play in Adrian’s last season, but understands this is a team that is expected to compete in conference games. “I know Norfolk State’s tradition, I know what Norfolk State is all about. We talked about the other school on the hill, I went to the other school across the water, so obviously we understand the tradition and values of this place, and I am thrilled to be a part of this family.”
Of note, Latrell stepped down two weeks before the start of his second season at the University of Richmond, just after he was arrested for drinking while intoxicated. When asked about the incident, NSU Athletics Director Marty Miller believes Scott simply had trouble “dealing with success,” but that it had no sway in his decision to hire Scott. He also added that he believes Scott has learned from his mistake and that he’s excited for the future.
“He has been successful not only on the field of competition, but also in the classroom,” said Miller, “We felt like that’s what we need at this time for our program; to continue some of the great things that coach Adrian has done for our program.”