G.W. Long’s winningest head football coach announces retirement

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SKIPPERVILLE, Ala. (WDHN) — It’s the end of an era for G.W. Long football.

Head coach Scott Horne is retiring after 12 years.

Under Horne’s leadership the Rebels won five region titles and made nine playoff appearances including competing in two semifinal games.

He has a 96-44 record overall making him the winningest head coach in G.W. Long history.

But if you ask him, that achievement is just a bonus.

“I hate to get caught up with wins and losses being the most important thing,” Horne said. “There’s others where people I’ve coached have gotten married, I’ve held their kids, I have been at the hospital when their children are born. I mean that’s what’s important to me, that’s just as good as a win on a ball field.”

While he would’ve liked to make it an even 100 wins, he believes retiring now is God’s will.

Coach Horne told WDHN it was a hard decision to make, but he’s confident in the Rebels future.

“They’re gonna be successful regardless,” Horne said. “This school was successful before I got here and it’s going to continue to be. It’s just the tradition here and I was just blessed to be part of it. Hopefully, maybe during the time I was here it’s a little better than I got here that was my goal when I took the job.”

One of his players believes he achieved that goal.

“He changed a lot of things and he’s helped us a lot and it’s translated on the football field,” junior Mikey McCraney said. “Every body that plays for him loves him and is gonna miss him because he’s just like another parent to them. He was always good to us.”

After he retires, Horne is excited to spend more time with his family.

He says he doesn’t know who will take over for him and he doesn’t plan to be involved in the search process.

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