The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Latest Sports

December 10, 2012

Cuthbert retires as Independence football coach

Scotty Cuthbert remembers what former Independence coach Wayne Peters told him back in 1988.

“He was the coach for a long time at Beckley Junior High and was offered the job early in his career but he passed it up,” Cuthbert said. “He advised me that if I wanted to be a head coach, don’t pass it up.”

Peters had long been the Patriots head coach before resigning to take an assistant principal position at the school. Cuthbert was an assistant to Peters, and eventually was hired to replace him.

That was 25 seasons ago, and there has been much success along the way. But on Nov. 3, that run finally came to an end.

Cuthbert recently retired from coaching, saying that it is somebody else’s turn to lead the Patriots onto George D. Covey Field on crisp autumn Friday nights.

“It was getting tougher and tougher,” said Cuthbert, who will turn 62 next month. “Coaching high school football is a 12-month-a-year job, if you do it the right way. The coaching part isn’t bad. The weight room, the equipment, that was getting harder every year.”

Cuthbert’s career concluded with a 24-12 win over Fayetteville and capped off a 5-5 season. He finished with a career record of 130-119-1 in the regular season, but the Patriots were never able to win a playoff game in seven trips during his tenure.

“We were in the top eight one year and got upset by Iaeger,” Cuthbert recalled. “A lot of times we were in the bottom half and were competitive.”

In 25 seasons, Cuthbert amassed plenty of memories to look back upon. But one will stand out more than others because of its personal aspect.

“You pick one and you end up leaving somebody out, but the neatest was the 100th win against Summers County,” he said. “What was neat about it was my oldest son, Scott, was an assistant and my youngest son, Mark, was the quarterback.”

Cuthbert had already retired from teaching, but he can still be seen plenty at Independence. He still is an assistant to boys basketball head coach Chad Perkins and will probably continue to “throw batting practice for Coach (Joe) Goddard.”

He also has been able to spend more time on the golf course — undoubtedly a better way to spend his time.

“The last 25 years I have spent every Monday through Friday in the weight room,” Cuthbert said. “That was one of the hardest things about it.”

— E-mail: gfauber@

register-herald.com

1
Text Only
Latest Sports
  • 041814 Sisler Diamond Classic continues today

    Fayetteville pitcher Kaitlyn Sisler pitched five innings of shutout softball as the Pirates beat Oak Hill 10-0 Wednesday in the Diamond Classic in Fayetteville.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • D’Antoni’s Lakers future still unclear

    With the Los Angeles Lakers season officially over — the Lakers beat the Spurs 113-100 Wednesday but finished 27-55 overall, the most losses in the club’s history and the franchise’s worst winning percentage since the Minneapolis Lakers in 1957-58 — Marshall fans will be keeping a close eye on what’s going on in Tinsel Town over the coming days.

    April 17, 2014

  • Turnbull’s tenure dominates WVU wrestling history

    Did Oliver Luck really do a thorough job in deeply evaluating Craig Turnbull’s 36-year career as wrestling coach before firing him?

    April 17, 2014

  • WVU’s top football prospects working out for NFL teams

    As we draw ever closer to the NFL Draft, the prospect workouts for teams are picking up steam for former Mountaineers. Both running back Charles Sims and defensive end Will Clarke have a busy road ahead.

    April 17, 2014

  • 041814 james monroe Crusaders make history in loss to James Monroe

    The first season for Greater Beckley Christian’s baseball team has been met with growing pains — to say the least.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • 041714 millard Kickoff time set for WVU-Alabama

    West Virginia football fans can now start counting down to the exact minute, instead of just the day.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Questions raised about Turnbull’s firing

    Dr. Stephen Graber, an associate professor at the West Virginia University School of Medicine, is among the latest WVU teachers to deplore Oliver Luck’s firing of veteran wrestling coach Craig Turnbull.

    April 17, 2014

  • Gettin’ ready for gobbler season: Step 4 — the setup

    This just in — in a recent study on turkey hunting and turkey hunters it was found that 98.7 percent of the time when hunters were unsuccessful when calling in a gobbler, the hunter made some mistake during the last 50 yards of the bird’s approach.

    April 17, 2014

  • 041714 wright Former Red Devil star realizing dream of playing D-I basketball

    When former Oak Hill High School standout Kalif Wright was a kid, he would play EA Sports’ NCAA March Madness video games and dream of one day getting a chance to play in the NCAA Tournament.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • McClung moving from mound to dugout

    Seth McClung was getting his daughters Madison and Fallon inside and ready for their baths when his phone rang. He’s said before that he enjoys the role of “daddy day care.”

    April 15, 2014

NCAA Hoops
AP Video