Sports Spectrum Magazine Summer 2021

SS PODCAST: Austin Peay head football coach Scotty Walden on coaching for a greater purpose

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Scotty Walden is the head football coach at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee. He’s the youngest head coach in Division I at 31 years old.

After a football career that saw him play quarterback in college at the Division III level, he went into coaching and first became a head coach at just 26 years old with East Texas Baptist University (D-III) in Marshall, Texas. At the time of his promotion there, in 2016, he was the youngest college football head coach in America.

After one season leading East Baptist, Walden became the receivers coach at D-I Southern Miss. In 2019 he was promoted to co-offensive coordinator, and in 2020 he became the interim head coach for four games before taking the Austin Peay job in October 2020.

Today on the podcast, we talk to Walden about coaching spring football games in 2021 at Austin Peay, how the Lord led him through his coaching decisions, why unity is the secret to success in college football, and how he’s handled being the youngest head coach in D-I college football.

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