Ty Scroggins, who helped elevate the Central High School football team into a state powerhouse, announced his resignation Tuesday.
Scroggins posted a 101-43 record in 10 seasons at Central, reaching seven Class 3-A championship games and winning five titles (2007, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012).
Central finished 9-6 last season after falling to Belfry 52-31 in the 3-A final.
The 45-year-old Scroggins said the time was right to get out of coaching with his twin kids – son Jayden and daughter Jordan – set to enter high school in the fall. Scroggins said both are multisport athletes who are considering attending a Catholic school in Jefferson County.
“I want to spend more time with them and do the things a dad should do with kids going into high school,” said Scroggins, who is planning to continue as a teacher at Central, with civics and math among his courses. “I can’t teach a full load and be a full-time head coach, and teaching is what pays the bills. Something had to go, and I guess it was time for football.”
Scroggins, a 1990 Fairdale High graduate who went on to play linebacker at the University of Louisville, was the head coach at Doss from 2002-06 and compiled a 22-30 record there. Scroggins said when word got out that he was pursuing the Central job, his contract at Doss was not renewed.
“I rolled the dice a little bit,” Scroggins said. “I was told that if I applied at Central that I would no longer have a job at Doss. I was told Central was a demotion, not even a lateral move and that it was not in my best interest to go to Central. … But I saw a bunch of kids there who were talented and had a desire to win.”
Scroggins got the job and made an immediate impact as the Yellowjackets won five state titles in his first six seasons. In 2007 he became the first African-American coach in history to win a Kentucky High School Athletic Association state football title.
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His teams regularly faced Louisville’s 6-A powers – beating Male in 2008, Manual in 2012 and St. Xavier in 2015 – in preparation for the 3-A playoffs.
In his first year as Central’s athletic director, Ryan Bringhurst said Scroggins made a lasting impression.
“From X’s and O’s and all the things on and off the field, he’s exactly what you’d want to have in a football coach,” Bringhurst said. “He was a great support for me when I came here, and he’s been nothing but great to work with.”
Scroggins said he would be open to returning as football coach in the future.
“I’m not retiring, just resigning,” Scroggins said. “In five years after my kids graduate from high school, would I consider coming back to Central? Heck, yeah. I would love that. … I was lucky enough to fulfill a goal I had, and there was no better place to do it than Central. It’s an awesome school and an awesome program.
“They’re going to be really good next year. Whoever gets the job is getting a Porsche. Just keep it in the lines. As long as you don’t put a Volkswagen engine into a Porsche, you’ll be all right.”
Bringhurst said he’ll take his time in hiring Scroggins’ replacement.
“This is one of the elite football programs in the state, and obviously Ty built that to another level,” Bringhurst said. “We’ll see who’s interested and explore our options … until we find the right person.”
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