By Joe Vitale:
New Georgia defensive line coach Tray Scott has made a rapid rise through the college football coaching ranks. Just ten years removed from playing defensive tackle at Arkansas Tech University, Scott relates to his positional players in a way few coaches can. The 2008 graduate has put together formidable defensive fronts at each of his FCS and FBS stops.
Scott was hired by Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze on January 1, but was brought to Athens by Kirby Smart before he could barely unpack in Oxford. In a statement announcing Scott’s departure, a perturbed Freeze said, “We want coaches that are 100 percent committed to winning championships at Ole Miss.”
Scott spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons as the defensive line coach at North Carolina. He had previously coached under Freeze at Arkansas State for two years and as a graduate assistant in 2012 with the Rebels.
In his first year in Chapel Hill, Scott was part of a defensive staff that engineered the best turnaround in college football. UNC was the nation’s most improved Power 5 defense, averaging 14.5 points fewer than the previous year, while also showing the most improvement from the previous year in pass defense efficiency.
Prior to joining the Tar Heels, Scott served two seasons as the defensive line coach at UT Martin, an FCS team in the Ohio Valley Conference. Scott headed an aggressive Skyhawk defense that recorded more than 50 sacks and 160 tackles for loss during his tenure.
Scott also served as a defensive graduate assistant at Arkansas Tech from the fall of 2008 through the spring of 2010.
As a player at Arkansas Tech, Scott was a four-year letterman from 2003-07. He helped Arkansas Tech to a 24-8 record from 2004-06, including a 10-2 overall mark and a national playoff appearance in 2004.
Scott prepped at Crossett High School in Arkansas and earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Arkansas Tech in 2008. He also received his Master’s degree from Arkansas Tech in 2010. He is married to the former Sarah Fancher.