By Matt Schuckman Herald-Whig
QUINCY — Scott Douglas feels like he is coming home.
A 1983 graduate of Quincy High School who was a three-sport student-athlete who later served as an assistant coach in football, basketball and baseball, Douglas was officially named the next athletic director at QHS on Friday morning following approval by the Quincy School Board.
“Being as invested as I was in it before I left, it’s certainly a thrill and an honor to step in the shoes of some people I really respected all the way up,” Douglas said.
The 50-year-old Douglas succeeds Bill Sanders, who served as athletic director and assistant principal since 2008. Sanders is shifting to a role as an assistant principal with an emphasis on discipline as the school creates an additional administrative position with an influx of more than 500 students coming next fall when freshmen move to the QHS building.
Douglas will be a full-time athletic director.
“I’m coming back and I’m coming back into a really cool situation,” Douglas said. “Many of the kids that I coached and taught are in leadership roles in our schools. Certainly there are some who were involved in the school district who were when I left, but there is also a new set of people who were involved in a different way when I did leave. They were involved as athletes and student leaders.
“So it is coming full circle.”
Douglas spent eight years as an assistant coach in the QHS system before landing his first head coaching opportunity at Quincy Notre Dame in 1996 when he replaced Tony Ryndak as the boys basketball coach.
Over the next 17 years, he built a legacy as a winner and a teacher.
Before resigning following the 2012-13 season, Douglas led QND to a 360-136 record with 12 regional championships, including nine consecutive from 1997-2005. He also led the Raiders to third-place finishes at the Class A state tournament in 1999 and 2004. He was named The Herald-Whig Coach of the Year four times and inducted into the QND Hall of Fame in 2014.
In 2013, Douglas returned to the Quincy School District as the transportation discipline supervisor. He will shift duties when this school year ends.
Douglas was one of five candidates to interview for the athletic director job.
“What drew me in, first of all, were his values,” Quincy Superintendent Roy Webb said. “He’s a strong integrity guy. He’s a strong family man. He cares greatly about the kids. Those were things that really stood out.
“He will be respected, and nobody is going to care more about the kids and seeing them succeed.”
Douglas knows he is only one piece of the puzzle that makes that possible,
“There are great, great things going on and it’s an exciting time for the school district,” Douglas said. “I’m so fired up about being part of an administrative team and staff and Quincy High School that is doing great things.
“There are already so many great things in place. There are already so many great coaches in place. I think we’re going to be able to do some special things.”