Austin de la Torre ’20
Scott Braswell came to Woodberry this summer from Wilmington, North Carolina and is bringing thirty years worth of coaching experience with him. Before he came to here he coached at Hoggard High School where he went 167-51, winning a state championship in 2007 and 12 conference titles. Before Hoggard Coach Braswell was head football coach at Olympic High School in Charlotte from 1990 to 1994 and assistant coach at West Charlotte High School. In Wilmington Coach and his wife, Rita Braswell, have two sons. Their eldest follows in the footsteps his father and coaches at a small college in Naples, Florida, and their younger son is in his last year of medical school at the University of Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Coach says he was drawn to Woodberry by the opportunity to have a greater impact on students. He says, “I liked the idea of being able to impact students and help them prepare for life. Where I was before, I had that relationship with the team, but having an advisory allows me to interact with students I might not be able to through football.” He enjoys talking with students at seated meal and the opportunity the be part of the entire school community. At Hoggard High School and Olympic High School Coach turned around the programs, but he said he felt it was important to respect the success that Woodberry has had and the traditions already in place. Coach often talks to his players about why football matters and how to use football as means to teach important values.
One of his favorite memories on the football field this year was the Benedictine game in which the Tigers defeated the Cadets 35-26. He say going into the game they knew that they really needing to execute well and when they came out with a win it meant a lot to have beaten such a skilled team.
Coach Braswell is a great addition to the Woodberry community. He shares many of the values that have been at Woodberry for decades, and we are pleased to have him leading our team here. He is thankful for the coaching staff who has helped him through the transition. Thanks for a great season!