Scott Meadows, ex-Knox Catholic football coach, hired at Pigeon Forge
Led Alcoa to state title in 2000
Dec. 21, 2012 @ 11:32 PM
PIGEON FORGE —
A new era is beginning for Pigeon Forge football.
Scott Meadows, the recently-resigned head coach of Knox Catholic High, who led Alcoa to the 2A state title in 2000, accepted the Tigers’ vacant head coaching position on Friday.
“I’m unbelievably excited,” Meadows said by phone Friday. “I’ve always been drawn there (to Pigeon Forge). I’ve kept up with them ever since they started a program in 1999.
“The community is fantastic. My wife and I go up to Pigeon Forge quite often, and I love the area. And I honestly believe that Pigeon Forge High School football is a sleeping giant, and I’m going to try and go over and wake it up.” Though the process of hiring a coach was arduous — around 50 resumes were received — it was obvious early on that Meadows was a leader for the job, according to the PF principal Ben Clabo.
“Scott pretty early on sort of rose to the top (of the candidate pool),” Clabo said. In the end there were three finalists, but Clabo thought Meadows fit the bill best.
“What impressed me about Coach Meadows was what he was able to accomplish at (previous jobs) Sequoyah and William Blount, which I sort of look at those as programs that are comparable to ours, it was kind of a no-brainer.”
Meadows will bring with him a career record of 109-58, including that state title at Alcoa and stops at William Blount, Jefferson County and Sequoyah High. He had been the coach at Knox Catholic the past four seasons, where he’d compiled a 21-23 record while helping the Irish through the transition from 3A to 5A football. He left following a 4-6 season in 2012, and called the his resignation a “mutual decision.” At Catholic, Meadows coached a team with less students than Pigeon Forge in a bigger classification.
Catholic, which had been a 3A program, moved up to 5A in 2009, thanks to the multiplier involved when private schools play against public institutions.
Prior to taking the job at Catholic, Meadows was 25-20 in four seasons at William Blount — which were some of the most successful campaigns the Governors have had.
Meadows’ final year at William Blount saw the Governors go 9-3 and make the second round of the state 5A playoffs. That’s the best season ever for the school.
Meadows said it will take work to see the kind of improvements he expects to help build at Pigeon Forge.
“I want the players to get better everyday regardless of who we’re playing and what we’re doing. Whenever you start doing that, that’s when you can start winning championships. The kids have to be ready to work.”
Meadows also knows a lot will fall on his shoulders to get the players to come out and play.
“You’ve got to get them out from the hallway and get them to play,” he said. “At Catholic we had 670 kids and 78 players. You’ve got to put the effort in to go out in the hallway and get these kids out to playing football.” That starts with forming relationships with the school’s other coaches.
“We’ve got to share athletes. I want my football players to play other sports, and I’m hoping the other coaches feel the same way about football.”
Meadows also said he strives for community support for his teams, because winning begins there.
“I want the community to know they’re welcome at our place any time,” he said. “If we all buy into this, it can be a huge success. I want to be at Pigeon Forge High School for a long, long, long time, and with everyone working together. I think it can be a huge success.”
Meadows was raised in the Rockwood area and graduated from Rockwood High School. He and his wife Patty have four children and two grandchildren, “with another on the way,” he said.
He will teach physical education and wellness at Pigeon Forge beginning next semester.
“(Players and parents) will have the opportunity to meet him once we get back from Christmas,” Clabo said. “There’s a lot of energy and excitement anytime there’s a change. (And) once they get to know coach Meadows, look at his record and get to meet him. I think (it) is only going to increase.”