Starry night. Bearcat head coach Scott Hyatt addresses his team during a time out just before halftime against Star City. Hyatt was named last week to the Arkansas High School Coaches Association All Star game coaching staff for the West. Hyatt will be joined at the game by Dalton Gray (71) and Cody Harrel (14).
Scott Hyatt is utilizing a dry cleaning service quite a bit more than usual these days.
The head coach of the Class 4A state champion Booneville Bearcats, Hyatt was in front of the cameras last week as he was named to the 59th Arkansas High School Coaches Association All Star game’s West coaching staff.
Hyatt will coach linebackers in the game that pits the states top seniors in a game loosely aligned as East against West and played at Estes Stadium on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas in Conway on June 27.
“Any time you have some success and you get voted in by your peers, obviously that is a great honor,” said Hyatt. “I went down there (Tuesday) and that’s a great bunch of guys.”
Head coach for the West squad is Cody McNabb of Morrilton. In addition to Hyatt, McNabb will be assisted by Perry Escalante of Rogers Heritage, Greg Kendrick of Charleston, Scott Neathery of Benton, Mark Taylor of Hector and Zach Watson of Morrilton.
That means there are three state champion head coaches on the staff — McNabb and Morrilton won Class 5A and Kendrick and Charleston won 3A.
But Hyatt thinks he has a pretty good staff in its own right, here in Booneville.
“Obviously I wouldn’t have opportunities to get awards without the coaches I work with and the players that come through here,” he said.
Hyatt likely will not be the only Booneville representative at the game. Dalton Gray and Cody Harrel are Conference 4A-4’s automatic invitees to the game and, Hyatt said last week, both have indicated they will be playing.
Besides last week’s announcement, Hyatt has been making the banquet circuit rounds. He was on hand at a KFSM TV 5 shindig in which Matt Berry was nominated as special teams player of the year. Berry didn’t win but Booneville was the team of the year for the media outlet.
Hyatt will also be attending a banquet of the Little Rock Touchdown Club for being named that organization’s Class 4A coach of the year. Lou Holtz is the scheduled speaker.
Drew Brees will be the speaker at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s banquet in June. Hyatt will be attending for being named the paper’s coach of the year as well.
“It’s fun to get the attention,” Hyatt admits, but insists, “I’m telling you it really should be a staff of the year award.”
If that weren’t enough, Hyatt is also scheduled to be a speaker at a coaches’ clinic in Hot Springs next week.
In his seven seasons as the head coach of the Bearcats Hyatt has compiled a record of 69-16 with four conference titles and a state title.