Former UR head football coach Latrell Scott lands at JMU

Posted at 11:59 PM, Apr 06, 2012

Harrisonburg,Va. (WTVR) - Former Richmond football coach Latrell Scott has been hired as the tight ends coach at James Madison, Dukes head coach Mickey Matthews announced Friday.

Scott led Richmond to a 6-5 record in his first season as head coach in 2010, including a win over Virginia. He was forced to resign in the week leading up to the 2011 opener following an arrest for drunk driving.

He fills the full-time slot at JMU left by the departure of J.C. Price, now the defensive line coach at Marshall University.

"When I look to fill a position on our staff, I always want to fill it with the best available coach and I believe we have done that with Latrell," Matthews said. "He has a proven ability to coach and recruit and comes highly recommended by everyone and every place he has been. He has made some mistakes and has taken responsibility for them. He is an excellent teacher and recruiter and we are extremely happy to have him in the JMU Nation."

"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to join Coach Matthews' staff," Scott said. "The one thought I have is to be the best coach and recruiter I can be and to be a good example for the members of the present JMU team. I am excited to get on the field and coaching again."

Scott brings 12 years of coaching experience to JMU, including the 2008 and 2009 seasons as the wide receivers coach at Tennessee and Virginia, respectively.

He is a 1999 graduate of Hampton, where he was a tight end in the football program.