Highly Successful Coaches Join Rebel Program
Andre Scott, a former All-American and SEC champion at Auburn, is in his first season as Ole Miss assistant coach for jumps.
Scott spent the previous 11 seasons at Southern Illinois, the first 10 as an assistant and the last as associate head coach under Connie Price-Smith. In his time with the Salukis, Scott's jumpers won numerous All-America honors, broke every women's SIU all-time record, set a handful of national standards around the world and helped the Salukis win the 2009 Indoor and Outdoor Missouri Valley Conference Championships as well as the women's 2005 MVC indoor title and the 2015 men's title.
Some of Scott's most prestigious pupils during his tenure at Southern included Bahamian long jump record holder and 2012 Olympian Bianca Stuart, two-time All-American Malaikah Love, Bahamian high jump record holder Kenya Culmer and two-time All-American high jumper Kyle Landon.
The 2015 season was perhaps one of Scott's most prolific on a conference level, as his men won four of six possible MVC titles and Lauren Cheadle repeated as the indoor long jump champion. Landon became just the fifth Saluki in history to earn All-American honors in each of his first two seasons, finishing tied for seventh in the high jump at the indoor national meet. Landon remained perfect at the MVC meet in the high jump, sweeping the indoor and outdoor editions yet again to improve to 4-0. Luke James successfully defended his outdoor triple jump title, giving Scott and SIU its fourth-straight outdoor triple jump title and fifth overall in the last four years. Sophomore Franklin Adams won his second career MVC title with an outdoor long jump crown.
The 2014 season was also another strong year for Scott's jumpers, who won six MVC outdoor titles. James kept the streak alive in the outdoor triple jump, Culmer broke the six-foot plateau to win the indoor title and earn a trip to the indoor national meet, Cheadle and Adams both won their first career long jump titles, and Landon completed the indoor-outdoor sweep of the high jump as a freshman. Landon was the story of the year, as he qualified for the national meet and ended up finishing an incredible third in the nation, the highest finish for any Saluki male outdoors since 1992.
Over Scott's first nine seasons (2005-13), he coached 22 Salukis to MVC individual titles, as well as producing a number of All-Americans on the women's side.
Among his top pupils during those years were Stuart and Love.
From 2006-09, Scott was able to coach Stuart, a native of Nassau, Bahamas, who went on to set the Bahamian outdoor long jump record of 6.81m/22-4.25 in 2011 and break it again at 6.83m/22-5 in 2015. She competed for Team Bahamas at the 2012 London Olympics and is poised for a return in the 2016 Rio Games.
In Stuart's four years under Scott's tutelage, she won seven MVC titles in the long jump (four indoor, three outdoor), broke the school record an impressive seven times and set MVC all-time indoor and outdoor records. She earned All-America honors twice in her Saluki career (2008 outdoors, 2009 indoors) and was the first Saluki female jumper to earn All-America status indoors -- the second Saluki female jumper ever.
From 2009-12, Love also flourished under Scott's guidance. She finished as a two-time All-American in the pentathlon, a two-time second-team All-American, nine-time MVC champion, the all-time MVC record holder in the pentathlon and the all-time SIU record holder in four events (pentathlon, heptathlon, indoor and outdoor triple jump). She won a staggering five MVC titles in 2011 alone.
Scott came to Southern Illinois in 2004 after spending two seasons as the jumps coach at Pittsburgh. There he coached one All-American, two Big East and Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) triple jump champions and four NCAA Regional qualifiers.
Since 2000, Scott has coached seven professional athletes, including his wife, Colleen Scott, a triple and long jumper for Jamaica. Scott has also coached Trecia Smith, the current Jamaican national record holder in both the indoor and outdoor triple jump, who finished fourth at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.
Prior to 2000, Scott spent a year as a volunteer coach at his alma mater, Auburn, where he was a seven-time all-American triple jumper and three-time SEC champion as both a jumper and a sprinter. At Seminole High School in Sanford, Florida, Scott was named the Boys Track and Field Gatorade Player of the Year in 1994.
Scott graduated from Auburn in 1998 with a bachelor's degree in health promotion. He and his wife have one son, Sterling.
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