Hall of Fame Inductee: Jim Scott, former Head Football Coach
What goals did you aspire to in your time as an AU coach?
When I decided to take the job at Aurora University, I had three goals in mind. First of all, I wanted to develop a program that was competitive at the highest level of Division III football. Secondly, I wanted to engage in the academic life of the college. Finally, in my retirement, I wanted to be in a situation where I could teach part-time, enjoy the fine arts and watch student-athletes participate.
What values did you instill in your student-athletes?
I’ve always tried to instill in my students a strong work ethic, mental toughness and value in having fun. Students who connect to the college outside of academics typically stay more connected over their lifetime. The lessons learned in activities teach them about sacrifice, teamwork, winning and dealing with disappointment. Leadership and positive aggressiveness are learned and practiced. Goal setting and how to achieve these goals are always part of their experience. Discipline and rules are learned and followed.
Describe your experience at Aurora University.
I have been extremely fortunate to have had a modestly successful and most satisfying career at AU. When I started at AU, the motives of the university to bring back football were to increase enrollment of the traditional-aged residential student and to improve student life. Both goals were achieved. Not only did we have more students, but also the quality of the student increased. They were very active and participated in both athletic and non-athletic activities. New organizations were started or revitalized. The success of the football program motivated the administration to start additional athletic teams. The fine arts programs grew, providing broad offerings to our students in art, music, theatre and athletics. Having achieved a critical mass in our student population, clubs, social organizations and professional groups are now very active.
What do you hope for the future of AU Athletics?
It has been a great experience and a lot of joy to see the progress the college has made in academics, fine arts, facilities and athletics. I am hopeful that we will progress enough to become a member of a prestigious conference, play at the highest level of Division III athletics and enjoy the best facilities.