By Bob Flynn
Nathan Hutchinson Register Sports Editor
Mark Scenters was finishing up lunch duty at Garrard County High School last Thursday when he noticed a missed call on his cell phone.
There was also a message from Madison Central principal Drew Muntz.
“I didn’t have any idea (why he called me). I called him back and he said he needed to talk to me real quick. Things progressed real quickly from there.”
After a talk with Muntz that afternoon and a long, restless night, Scenters accepted an offer to become the head coach of the football program at Central.
The Richmond resident (and Madison Southern graduate) spent eight seasons as an assistant at Central (2000-2007) before taking over the program at Garrard County.
He was hired on Friday and officially introduced to the media and the public Monday at the school.
“Coach Scenters’ record shows that he is capable of taking our football program to new heights,” Muntz said on Monday at the press conference. “We are excited about having him on board. He’s a great leader. He’s a great coach and a great man of character. He will bring a new energy to our football program.”
Scenters is the third person to hold the position of head football coach at Central in the past three months.
Central alum Bert Browne was let go in November after five seasons. Just three weeks ago, former Boyle County head coach and University of Kentucky assistant coach Chuck Smith was hired.
But, on Thursday he informed school officials that he was going back to Boyle County.
That strange series of events set the stage for Scenters to be offered the position.
“I could see right away that I needed to be home,” Scenters said. “I consider Madison Central to be my home and I am very thankful to get the opportunity to come back.”
Scenters had a successful tenure at Garrard County. He had a 40-33 overall record and led the Golden Lions to playoff victories in each of the past five seasons.
In 2011, Garrard County went 12-2 and advanced to the semifinals of the Class 3A Playoffs.
The Golden Lions were 7-5 each of the past two years, winning the district title each season.
“I was absolutely happy there,” Scenters said of Garrard County. “I was blessed to be there. It was a great job. I had a very supportive administration and a good supportive community and great kids.”
Given the opportunity to take over the program at Central, Scenters simply couldn’t pass up the opportunity.
He worked in Lancaster, but Scenters continued to live in Richmond. His wife, Debra, teaches in the Madison County school system. They have three children and Scenters is very involved in youth sports and church activities in Madison County.
“This is a career job for me,” Scenters said. “If I am blessed enough to have success, then I trust that this will be a career job for me. In our discussion, me and Mr. Muntz discussed just that. I told him that this is a career discussion for my family and for football. And if you are hiring me, this is somewhere I want to be for the next 12 to 15 years.”
Since his hiring, Scenters says he has received a tremendous amount of support from friends, faculty and members of the community.
That’s been pretty overwhelming, especially considering he played football and graduated from Madison Southern.
“That’s been the neatest thing about it,” Scenters said. “Look at the number of teachers who were here on a snow day to see this. (I’ve gotten) e-mails, texts and contacts from folks inside this school and who work here who have accepted me back. That’s pretty special.”