MURFREESBORO – Wendi Scott was ready to return to coaching after spending the past three years with her two children.
Child No. 3 brought another break.
Scott resigned asgirls basketball coach on Monday less than a month after accepting the position.
“The timing is terrible,” Scott said. “I would have given anything if I would have known.
“It never crossed my mind. If it had, I would have never pursued the job.”
Scott said she is due in late November. She didn’t know she was pregnant until recently.
“This was a shock to say the least,” she said.
Scott, who was an assistant at Riverdale from 2003-06, told Riverdale principal Tom Nolan last week and made the decision official on Monday.
“I’m thrilled for her,” Nolan said. “She has a great family. I hate it for us, but I perfectly understand.
“She didn’t think it was fair to the girls to have to leave them in the middle of the season. And then try to raise a newborn baby. It would be a lot on her.”
Scott was 153-36 from 2007-12 at Lawrence County. She helped lead hermater back to the state tournament in her final year. She was the District 8-AAA coach of the year four times at Lawrence County and was the recipient of the AF Bridges Coach of the Year award for the 2009-10 season.
Scott said her and her husband were prepared to move to thearea. They had even showed their house multiple times to prospective buyers. They now plan on taking it off the market.
Scott said she thought about different ways she could remain at Riverdale as coach, but didn’t think it would work out.
“I remember how hard it was with my son, and being there without any family while already having two that are really involved in sports,” Scott said. “I just didn’t think I could give (the team) everything I had to allow them to be successful. At the same time, I didn’t think it would be fair to my family.
“I just felt like I would be cheating both of them — the team and my family.”
Nolan said he will begin a new search immediately to find a new coach — the program’s third since the end of the season.
Scott replaced Cory Barrett, who resigned last month after being suspended for the 2015-16 school year as coach by Rutherford County Director of Schools Don Odom for his involvement with tanking the District 7-AAA consolation game against Smyrna.
Assistantsand Horton are currently on staff.
“We’ve got a good foundation,” Nolan said. “I just need to find a good fit for those two as well as the team.”
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