After serving only 16 months as the head football coach and athletic director at 3A Hidalgo high school, Scott Ford is leaving to take the same position at 2A Elysian Fields in East Texas.
"This is all about geography, about having my son grow up 15 minutes away from his grandparents," Ford told Action 4 Sports. "For anybody that thinks that this is all about heading for greener pastures, I'm taking a $25,000 pay cut, so that's not it."
Elysian Fields went 11-4 this past season and made it to the 2A Division II State Semifinals before falling to East Bernard, but head coach Eric King resigned January 31st after the school board refused to extend his contract past this school year.
Ford, who posted a 7-4 record in his only season with the Pirates, is from nearby Marshall, and coached 2 seasons in also-nearby Nacogdoches before taking the Hidalgo position in December of 2011.
"A week ago, I never would have dreamed I would be leaving Hidalgo," said Ford, "But the search committee at Elysian Fields contacted me, and I had to jump at this chance to go back home."
Ford arrived in Hidalgo with the Pirates program in disarray, the team an official 0-10 in 2011 after forfeiting all wins due to playing an ineligible student. Ford did make the playoffs in 2012, despite playing over half the District 32-5A season without injured freshman quarterback Shea Patterson. Patterson verbally committed to play for the University of Arizona after season's end.
"I'm happy that I'm leaving this program in better shape than when I first arrived, and I'm glad to be leaving on good terms with Hidalgo ISD, because they gave me a chance when I really needed one," Ford added.
Scott Ford is most famous in the Rio Grande Valley for his two stints at Los Fresnos, where he guided the Falcons to the 3rd round of the playoffs in 3 consecutive years, going 57-13 during his time there.