Out of respect for our players and our program, my 100 percent focus this week will be to help us prepare to finish this season strong. —Scott Brumfield
Dixie State University head football coach Scott Brumfield is resigning his position after coaching the team in this Saturday's finale at Central Washington, DSU Director of Athletics Dr. Jason Boothe announced on Monday. Boothe added that information regarding a potential search for a new head football coach will be made public following the end of the season.
“We will be forever indebted to Scott for his service to Dixie State over the past six football seasons,” Boothe said. “Scott’s true impact on this program cannot be measured by wins and losses. He took over the program six years ago when it was several years away from beginning to be funded properly to sustain long-term success. He didn’t complain or come up with excuses. He kept fighting and working his tail off in order to put the best product on the field, in the classroom and in the community. Thanks to Scott’s tireless efforts, the next head coach will come into a program that still has some work to do to take the next step, but is now on solid ground to do so.”
Brumfield is finishing his 10th year at DSU and his sixth as the head coach. He heads into the Storm’s final Great Northwest Athletic Conference game with a record of 14-49 overall, which includes a 12-35 GNAC mark. This season the Red Storm are 3-6 and have a chance this Saturday to match their four-year season record for wins, which is four set in 2013 (4-7). Before being tabbed as head coach, he served four seasons as offensive coordinator under former head coach Ron Haun, who took over the program at the beginning of Dixie State’s NCAA Division II era.
“This is a very emotional time for me and my family,” Brumfield said. “I have cherished my time here at Dixie State University. Dixie gave me opportunities to pursue my goals and dreams, both as a player and a coach, and for that I will be forever grateful.
“Out of respect for our players and our program, my 100 percent focus this week will be to help us prepare to finish this season strong.”
Brumfield played two seasons at Dixie from 1988-89, where was a two-time NJCAA All-America selection as an offensive lineman. He then went on to play two seasons at Brigham Young, where he earned First Team all-Western Athletic Conference honors.
Following his time at BYU, he played six seasons in the NFL with the Cincinnati Bengals. His career as an offensive lineman was cut short after suffering a severe spinal cord injury that left his legs temporarily paralyzed during a game in Baltimore, but he rehabilitated after several months and returned to play the next season. As a sign of his strength and devotion to recover, he was the recipient of the 1997 Ed Block Courage Award and the United Way Unitarian of Year Award in 1998.
Prior to his arrival at Dixie State, Brumfield served as head football coach at Spanish Fork High School from 2000-2005. In 1995, Brumfield was inducted into the NJCAA Football Hall of Fame, and in 2009, he had his No. 74 jersey retired at Dixie State. In 2012, he was enshrined into the Dixie State Athletic Hall of Fame.
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