SCC to induct first football coach into Hall of Fame

Scottsdale Community College will induct former head football coach Larry Philpot and members of the 1981 national championship volleyball team into its Athletic Hall of Fame Saturday, Oct. 10.

Scottsdale Community College's first head football coach, Larry Philpot. (Submitted photo)

Scottsdale Community College’s first head football coach, Larry Philpot. (Submitted photo)

The induction ceremony is part of the college’s 2015 Homecoming weekend festivities.

Mr. Philpot coached at SCC during the 1973 and 1974 seasons and served as the school’s first Athletic Director from 1972 to 1975. The 1981 volleyball team’s title started a string of four national championships in women’s volleyball during the decade, according to a press release.

Mr. Philpot served as Scottsdale Community College’s first football coach during the school’s inaugural season and again in 1974. He also served as Athletic Director and chair of the school’s Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department from 1972 to 1975, the release stated.

During his tenure, he and his colleagues built a foundation for the school’s Athletic programs and HPERD. His goal as football coach and Athletic Director was to field competitive teams immediately.

At the time, SCC had only men’s football, basketball and baseball programs, the release stated. In 1974, the school’s basketball team reached the playoffs and the football team posted a 6-3 record.

After his time at SCC, the Mena, Ark. native went on to a successful career in education, working for the U.S. Department of Defense in Europe and later becoming a consultant to Quality Schools International, stated the press release.

Retired now, he lives in his birthplace city with his wife Nancy.

A tailgate party in the school’s Mercado area will precede the football game and is open to those attending the game. The Artichokes host Pima Community College at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 general, $3 students with ID, and free to SCC students with ID and children 12 and under.

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