by Adele Williams, Student Contributor
Alice Lloyd College’s own Scott Cornett was recently awarded a Century Club certificate by the American Baseball Coaches Association to celebrate his 500th win as head coach of the Alice Lloyd College baseball team. Cornett has coached the Eagles for twenty-five seasons, and has earned various honors and achievements throughout his coaching career.
Before taking the position of head coach at ALC, Cornett was on the field as an Eagle himself. Cornett played baseball for ALC from 1985-1989 before going on to play two seasons as a catcher for the White Sox. He was named a three-time MVP in high school and college, three-time 1st Team All-Conference, an All-American during the 1988-89 season, and was 2nd in the nation in batting average in 1989. On top of this, he was invited to the Pan Am and the USA Olympic Tryouts. Cornett was inducted into the ALC Athletics Hall of Fame for his success as both a player and a coach in the fall of 2003.
Receiving an award from the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) makes this milestone that much sweeter. Very few coaches are able to celebrate so many wins. Coach Cornett says, “What I like most about coaching at ALC is the kids. I’ve built a lot of good relationships with my players.”
In addition to coaching baseball, Cornett also acts as the College’s Dean of Students and Community Life. Having been a student-athlete at ALC gives Cornett a perspective that most lack. He advises current athletes to focus on their studies, saying, “Ultimately, as a player, you have to make sure that you can do all the little things. But your number-one priority should be to go to class and enjoy this time.”