Inside Lacrosse just Tweeted out that former Johns Hopkins University head coach and athletic director, Robert H. “Bob” Scott, passed away. Hopkinssports.com has the announcement on the homepage of the men’s lacrosse program as well.
Scott was a masterful head coach for the Jays and led Hopkins “to seven national championships, including the school’s first NCAA Championship in his final season on the sideline in 1974.” Scott was also quite a player in his day as well. He was an All-American in 1952 and won a title with the 1950 JHU squad.
It’s difficult to talk about Hopkins Athletics without thinking of coach Scott. He served as head coach of the Blue Jays for 20 seasons and was JHU’s AD for 22 years. Additionally, Scott also coached other sports at Hop including football, basketball, wrestling and soccer.
Coach Petro shared some words on what coach Scott meant to him as a coach and friend.
“Bob Scott represented all that is good about coaching and athletics. Few others have touched the lives of so many and Johns Hopkins would not be the place it is today without Bob Scott; we’ve lost one of the truly special ones.”
Additionally, newly appointed JHU AD, Alanna Shanahan, praised Scott’s lasting impact at Hopkins.
“One cannot join the Johns Hopkins community, as I so recently have, without hearing from everyone you meet about the miracle that was Bob Scott, as an athlete, as a coach, as a teacher, as a son of this university and, most importantly, as a man. His legacy as a coach, administrator and leader continue to be the foundation of Johns Hopkins Athletics and we will honor that legacy by representing the University with the same passion he demonstrated for more than 40 years.”
Scott was also one of lacrosse’s greatest ambassadors, and was honored with the 2013 Spirit of Tewaaraton Award. Furthermore, his book, “Lacrosse: Technique & Tradition,” published in 1976, is considered to be the foremost authority on the sport's schemes and strategies. BOSS Petro wrote a second edition on the classic book in 2006.
Back in April of this year, Baltimore Sun reporter and friend of the blog, Edward Lee, reported that JHU was erecting a statue to honor Coach Scott.
Johns Hopkins announced Tuesday morning a fundraising campaign to erect a statue to honor former coach Robert H. (Bob) Scott at Homewood Field in Baltimore ... The statue, which will be completed and erected this fall, will be stationed near the campus-side entrance to Homewood Field at the corner of the Cordish Lacrosse Center.
BOSS Scott will be missed by many as he helped to make lacrosse what it is today.