R-II School hires new football coach

Posted April 3, 2014 at 12:05 pm

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Derek Scroggins is the new head football coach for the El Dorado Springs Bulldogs. He is enthusiastic, energetic and ready to go.

His philosophy is that football is a great tool to teach young men hard work, dedication and commitment while developing good character. That will be a mainstay of his football program – to develop character that friends, relatives and acquaintances of players will admire.

Coach Scroggins comes to El Dorado Springs from Festus, MO, 30 minutes south of St. Louis, where he was recruited to build the new football program from the ground up. He was there five years. Year before last the team had a 4-6 record. Last year, they improved their record to 6-4.

When Sun Publisher Kimball Long and Sun Editor Kenny Long sat down with the coach on Friday, he had just met with the other coaches. He had met with the players but not with the incoming freshmen.

Coach Scroggins was born in Iowa and raised in Maine. He met his wife, Amy, at Drake University in Des Moines, IA, where they both studied education. Amy, from Aurora, got a job in Missouri so Derek found a coaching job in Missouri as well.

Eight years ago they drove through El Dorado Springs and fell in love with the town. Derek said then, “this is a community I want to be a part of.”

Before deciding to move here, they brought their seven-year-old daughter and two-year-old son for a visit. While they were playing in the Park, their daughter said, “I want to move here.” She will get her wish.

Now Amy is interviewing for teaching jobs at area schools.

Derek is excited about the football facilities at El Dorado Springs School labeling them “top notch.”

One of his next priorities will be to get acquainted with the student body and recruit more players into the football program when school is out this summer at Festus and he reports for duty in El Dorado Springs.

NEW HEAD FOOTBALL COACH – Derek Scoggins, El Dorado Springs’ new football coach, likes the community’s hometown atmosphere.