Scott Tillman has been named Lipscomb Academy’s high school head football coach, Athletic Director Mike Roller announced today.
A high school assistant football coach at Lipscomb Academy for 19 years, Tillman served as interim head coach following the death of Glenn McCadams, longtime Mustang football coach, on March 21 following a short illness. He was named a permanent successor following a national search.
“Coach Tillman is a person with integrity, a heart for our mission, a competitive spirit to develop a championship program, an ability to see the program as a ministry to develop Christian men, a desire to support all programs of the academy and a vision for the new era of Mustang football,” said Roller. “As interim coach, Scott demonstrated these traits and helped move our program forward, continuing the Lipscomb tradition of not only excellence on the playing field, but of transforming lives.”
Tillman, who specializes in defense and served the Mustangs as defensive coordinator among other roles in his nearly two decades with the program, led Lipscomb Academy in 2013 to an 8-2 regular season record and a trip to the first-round of the Division 3A playoffs, where the Mustangs fell 22-21 to East Nashville High School.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead this outstanding program and to continue to build on the legacy that Coach Mac developed in the 31 years he led this program,” said Tillman. “I am pleased with the progress the team made this past season and we are already making plans to continue that momentum next season. But, the focus of our program is to train boys to become strong, Christian men and to bring honor to God in all that they do. Along the way this will be accomplished by performing well on the football field.”
Tillman is known for his attention to detail.
“As interim coach, Scott’s level of detail in continuing to move the program forward was evident in the strengthening and conditioning of the athletes, managing equipment and facilities, responding in an extraordinary way to crisis, preparing for opponents, ministering to the needs of players and parents, coordinating the expertise of assistant coaches, and showing interest to middle school and junior league teams and players,” said Mike Hammond, vice president and Lipscomb Academy headmaster. “Coach Tillman will continue to advance the legacy of excellence that has been established at Lipscomb. He understands the program, knows the athletes, and is committed to the mission that allows this program to develop the body, mind, and spirit of the young men who participate.”
Tillman, a native of Guntersville, Ala., holds a bachelor’s degree and a Master of Arts degree from Lipscomb University. In addition to coaching, he has taught Bible and psychology classes at Lipscomb Academy for 19 years.
The Mustangs will open the 2014 season on Aug. 22 at Page High School in Franklin, Tenn.