Sometimes golden opportunities are a long time in coming: Scott Weissman, recently named the new head football coach at , has long wanted to lead a varsity football team.
“I’m very excited about this opportunity,” Weissman said. “I wasn’t sure if it was going to happen. I’ve been ... (an assistant) coordinator about my entire career, and I’ve been a finalist for a head coaching position before, but I never quite got there. It’s good to know I’ve earned the confidence of the people in Clayton.”
No stranger to prep sports, Weissman had a successful run as a head baseball coach at Parkway West and has been a part of football coaching staffs since before Clayton High’s football players were born. He coached baseball at Parkway West from 1990 to 2009 and won more than 300 games; in addition, Weissman led the team to a state title in 1996, a runner-up in 1990 and a third-place finish in 1997.
Weissman served as a defensive coordinator at Clayton in 2010. He coached junior high football in the Parkway East School District from 1977-1982, worked as an offensive coordinator at Parkway North in 1983 and at Parkway West from 1984-2001. Weissman served as a defensive coordinator at Parkway West from 2002-03 and at Kirkwood from 2004-09.
Weissman replaces on suspicion of violating policy workouts with middle school athletes. Clayton went 8-4 and advanced to the second round of the playoffs in 2010, a vast improvement over the 1-8 record it compiled in 2009.
“We’re going to try and match or improve upon last year,” Weissman said. “We lost some key players but have some quality kids coming back on both offense and defense.”
The new head coach said his coaching staff and players have been working hard in the off-season to make the next season a successful one.