BLACKSBURG — Four months after his promotion to be Virginia Tech’s co-defensive coordinator, Galen Scott abruptly resigned Friday after accusations surfaced of an extramarital affair he had while traveling for his duties as a Hokies assistant coach.
“I made a mistake and I have to take responsibility for that,” said Scott, whose resignation was announced in a Friday press release. “I did some things that I want to apologize to my wife for and my family for and I need to make sure I make that right by just being around for them and being the best father and person I can be.”
Scott, whose history with Hokies head coach Justin Fuente goes back to when they were restricted-earnings coaches living together at Illinois State in the early 2000s, spoke with Fuente and decided the best course of action would be to resign to focus on his family.
“I’m sorry I let him down,” Scott said. “I broke his trust.”
Emails to Virginia Tech administrators and coaches last week and accusations made publicly on Twitter by @diggy1973 in the last couple of days allege Scott engaged in an inappropriate relationship while on Hokies recruiting trips.
Scott said not all of the allegations in the tweets are founded: specifically the misuse of athletic department funds. A Virginia Tech spokesman said every recruiting trip Scott made was legitimate and no misuse of athletic department money was discovered.
“It’s not as outlandish and crazy as people are letting it on to be,” Scott said. “Paying for stuff and all that. That’s not the deal. It’s just, I’m disappointed in myself because I hurt my family.”
Scott was considered a rising star in the industry, one who drew enough interest in the offseason to warrant being given a co-defensive coordinator title working alongside Hokies mainstay Bud Foster. He was set to make $338,000 in 2018, making him the fourth-highest-paid assistant coach on the staff.
He and Fuente go back to their time at Illinois State from 2001-06, when Fuente was an up-and-coming offensive mind and Scott began his defensive coaching career at the school where he was a Division I-AA (Now FCS) All-American linebacker.
Scott started coaching at Memphis in 2010, staying on staff as a co-defensive coordinator when Fuente was hired by the Tigers as head coach prior to the 2012 season. Scott later joined Fuente’s original staff at Virginia Tech as a safeties coach, earning a promotion to co-defensive coordinator this past winter.
Virginia Tech has promoted Justin Hamilton on an interim basis to replace him. Hamilton, who played for the Hokies under Frank Beamer from 2002-05, finishing his career as a defensive back, had joined Tech in a player development role earlier this year.
Before that, he spent four seasons at VMI as a linebackers coach and special teams coordinator, joining the Keydets after four years at UVa-Wise, where he worked his way up to defensive coordinator.
In other staff news, director of player development Chuck Cantor has taken a job with Florida. Cantor spent four seasons with the Hokies, overseeing all aspects of the recruiting process.