Sunday, March 2, 2014
William & Mary Loses DC to Nevada
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (Feb. 24, 2014)—The William and Mary football program announced the resignation of defensive coordinator Scott Boone this afternoon, as he leaves the Tribe to assume the same position at the University of Nevada under the Wolf Pack’s second-year head coach Brian Polian.
“We wish Coach Boone the best of success as he moves into his new role,” Tribe Head Coach Jimmye Laycock said. “Scott was a part of two conference championships and three NCAA playoff appearances in his time on campus and was a significant contributor to our success.”
Boone’s departure ends a 10-year tenure at the College, which includes serving as the defensive coordinator for the past three seasons.
Honored as one of five finalists for the 2013 FootballScoop FCS Coordinator of the Year award, Boone helped establish the Tribe as one of the nation’s top-ranked defenses this fall. In addition to ranking second nationally in scoring defense (14.0) and eighth in total defense (305.5), W&M ranked 11th in pass efficiency defense (107.4), 13th in rushing defense (118.1) and 15th in third down conversion defense (33.0). The Tribe also recorded a pair of shutouts during the 2013 campaign en route to posting the third-best scoring defense average in school history (since playing full 11-game schedules).
A number of Tribe players thrived under Boone’s tutelage as the program’s defensive coordinator, as he produced three All-Americans – highlighted by B.W. Webb, who was a fourth round draft pick by the Dallas Cowboys in 2013. Additionally, W&M defensive players combined to earn 15 all-conference honors during the past three seasons.
"I would like to thank Coach Laycock for giving me the opportunity to coach on the William & Mary staff and ultimately coordinate the defense,” reflected Boone. “He has been a tremendous influence on my coaching career and a mentor in my development. I would also like to thank the Tribe players, especially on the defensive side of the ball, that bought in and played so hard and so well last season. This opportunity is a by product of their successes on the field.”