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December 28, 2012

Former MHS coach receives T of C honor

— Terry Scott has plenty of memories coaching at the Tournament of Champions in Tulsa.

He took five teams there and his last two were when he was the head coach at Muskogee. He’ll remember those squads tonight when he receives induction into the tournament’s Hall of Fame.

The ceremony will be halftime of the boys championship game at Oral Roberts University’s Mabee Center.

“A lot of people get to coach in the tournament, but not a lot get the chance to win,” the 64-year-old Scott said. “I was very fortunate that we didn’t have a team that went up there and lost. We didn’t have a losing record there and that’s very special to me.”

Scott’s two teams, plus three at Tulsa Central, had an 11-4 record in the prestigious tournament. His Central Braves won the tournament in 1997.

Muskogee was the tournament runner-up in 2010 and finished fifth in 2009.

Those times he led the Roughers to the TOC remain a vivid memory for Scott.

“I think the biggest memory I have is the number of people who came from Muskogee and supported us,” he said. “We had the opportunity to win. Getting invited to the oldest schoolboy tournament in the nation is very special to me.”

Scott, though, won’t be alone when he receives his induction.

Clay Martin, the current Jenks boys coach, will be honored along with former players Jenny Hardin of Claremore and Creason Hay of Tulsa Washington.

Martin has guided Jenks to the boys titles at TOC in 2005, 2006 and 2008. The Tulsa Hale graduate also coached at Muskogee for one season in 2002-03.

“Muskogee will be well-represented,” Scott said.

Martin and Hay will be inducted with Scott, while Hardin will be honored at halftime of tonight’s girls championship game.

Scott resigned as Muskogee’s coach in 2011 with a career record of 467-202 with a winning percentage of .698. He still lives in Muskogee.

He hasn’t been sitting on his couch watching basketball.

“I’m walking and doing things like lifting weights and aerobic swimming,” Scott said. “I’m concentrating on my health. I’m enjoying retirement life.

“I enjoy Muskogee. I like seeing the students and adults that I’ve known also go to church here. Muskogee is really a nice place to be.”

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