Terry Scott says he might not be done with basketball.
But what he’s done over a 29-year career has been recognized by the Oklahoma Basketball Coaches Association, who on Wednesday announced he will be inducted into the OBCA Hall of Fame in June.
Scott, whose three-year coaching stint at Muskogee High produced two state tournaments, retired after the 2011 season and went into an administrative position as an assistant principal over the sophomore academy at MHS. A recent fall caused nerve damage to his elbow, knee and neck and a series of surgeries. The last one is next week on the elbow.
“I’m feeling pretty good. The rehab has worked and hopefully this next surgery will be the last of it,” he said. “The time off has given me time to reflect. In my mind I’d like to coach again in the future. I never retired coaching in my head. I still coach mentally. I still find myself attracted to the game mentally. Probably in God’s timing I needed this time off to take care of the stuff I needed to and everything is in his time.”
Scott’s followed both Muskogee’s teams, both of which made the state tournament this season. For the boys, it was the first trip since Scott’s second season. He’s also stayed close to the goings-on at the Bedouin Shrine Classic and followed his former assistant coach at Muskogee, Bobby Allison, whose Tulsa Memorial team won this year’s Class 5A boys title.
“But in between, I’ve been able to have a lot of restful nights becaus while I’ve tried to stay around the game, I haven’t taken it home with me.Talked to a lot of coaches who have been down, though. Had a lot of talks with Bobby about the state tournament and how hard it is to win one once you’re there. He told me after this year, ‘yeah I know now.’”
Scott won three state titles at Tulsa Central. His first Muskogee team made the 6A semifinals, losing to Jenks. The next year his squad lost to Putnam City West and the following year fell short in the area consolation semifinals to Putnam City North.
Scott is 463-215 for his career with three titles at Tulsa Central and 17 Oklahoma state basketball appearances. His career started as an assistant coach at Oral Roberts. His first high school head coaching job was a short stint at Tulsa Washington before moving to Central.
He was eligible for induction into the Oklahoma Coaches Association this year for the first time. Allison had nominated him for that one. He didn’t make the list.
But he wasn’t shut out either.
“This one was a total surprise,” he said.
“I heard it was almost unanimous,” said Allison, who was an assistant at Memorial when Scott hired him away to come here.
“When he got to Muskogee it gave him a jolt of energy,” Allison said. “He had fun doing what he did and at the same time demanded a lot from his players. With 6 a.m. practices you had to be unselfish and you had to be tough.”
Scott had compliments for this past season’s MHS programs which posted joint state tournament appearances for the first time since 1988. The girls squad made the semifinals while the boys’ upset bid against top-ranked Putnam City West fell short in the quarterfinals.
“The boys finished strong. I don’t know what they have coming back,” he said. “I know they lose their top three (Tramal Ivy, Anthony King and David Beasley). With the girls, they’ve not only got everyone back but some really good players coming.”
The ceremony will be June 6 at the Mabee suite on the campus of Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee.