VIRGINIA BEACH (WAVY) – Chris Scott says he still hasn’t finished responding to text messages and phone calls. The man who led Ocean Lakes High School to a 6A state championship in 2014 announced on Jan. 6 that he was leaving his alma mater for Bishop Sullivan Catholic School after eight seasons.
“[Leaving Ocean Lakes was] almost leaving home,” Scott told the Sportswrap a week later. “I felt like I’ve never been out of the nest.
“If you count the years as a student there, and the years of teaching and coaching, it was 17 years, which kind of made me go, ‘whoa.'” Scott played on the very first football team at Ocean Lakes, and after taking over in 2008, saw the program reach national prominence.
“To be a part of that is something I’ll always remember,” said Scott.
The expectations won’t be any lower at Bishop Sullivan. The Crusaders won the private school state title in 2013.
This past season, Scott was suspended five games by the Virginia High School League for inappropriate recruiting practices, but he won’t have that problem coaching at the private school ranks. Scott actually could have upwards of 20 scholarships to hand out, and is not restricted by many of the same rules that govern public schools.
But Scott has also said he’s not just moving for football reasons. “Obviously it’s a school that stresses academics, and college prep, and it’s an elite situation,” he said.
The process to bring Bishop Sullivan back to “elite,” as he put it, has already started. “It’s hopefully going to be another fun rise to what some may call a peak, but continuously, year after year,” said Scott.