June 21, 2005
Albany - With conditioning workouts set to begin in one month, Albany High School is without a head football coach.
Scott Horton has resigned as both head coach and athletic director but he is staying at Albany High where he will move into administration as assistant principal.
Horton has been eyeing a move into administration for some time and the opportunity became available with the retirement of Albany High principal Dr. Gary Dorough this year.
Albany High assistant principal Sheila Marshall was promoted to succeed Dorough last month.
Marshall then picked Horton for her old job and that appointment was approved last week by the Dougherty County School Board.
School board policy prevents any administrator from coaching.
Scott Horton was an assistant at Westover for six years when he was named head coach at Albany High 11 years ago.
Horton endured several losing seasons before the Indians posted consecutive winning seasons in 2001 and 2002 when Albany High advanced to the second round of the state playoffs.
His coaching record may have more losses than wins but Scott Horton believes he got the most from the players he had and is very appreciative of the support his program got through the good and bad times.
Scott Horton said "They have given me a lot of support when things looked bleak at times. We weren't winning a lot of games in some years and I still get the support of you know, the administration, the parents that were involved."
Dougherty County athletics director Johnny Seabrooks says an interim coach will be hired for Albany High this season with the job opened back up in December for a permanent coach.
With the season so close, odds are that the interim coach will likely come from Scott Horton's staff.
The school system will also conduct a second search for the athletic director's position at Albany High.
The deadline to apply for both positions is July 9th.