Coach Scooter Molander (Photo credit: Hunter Franklin '19)
Head Football Coach Scooter Molander Steps Aside
after 13 Years Leading the Football Program
PHOENIX – November 20, 2017 – Saying, “You can’t delegate being a son and a father,” head football coach Scooter Molander has stepped aside from the position in order to focus on caring for his ill parents and supporting his family through a difficult time. Molander will continue to teach in the social studies and physical education departments at Brophy.
A Brophy coach for 17 years, and head coach for the past 13 years, he has led the team to two state titles, three appearances in the finals and five in the semifinals, and has reached at least the quarterfinals of the state tournament in 12 of the past 13 years. Just as important, says Molander, are the three Matt O. Hanhila Sportsmanship Awards his teams have earned during his tenure.
Molander has coached 845 varsity players and countless other student athletes since taking the reins as head football coach. Additionally, 41 of his athletes have gone on to play Division I football and 28 have entered football programs at academically elite schools, including 14 to Ivy League colleges and four to Stanford.
“Brophy has been part of my family for 17 years and that won’t change,” he says. “I look forward to continuing to serve this school in other capacities.”
President Adria Renke says, “I am grateful to Scooter Molander for his leadership and his commitment to our young men. I believe that he is setting a great example for our students by demonstrating that, as important as sports may be, family always comes first.”
Principal Bob Ryan adds, “Aside from his dedication to excellence on the field, I’ve always most appreciated Coach Molander as an outstanding role model for our boys. In stepping down as head coach, he continues to teach his players what it means to be a father, son and husband – lessons more important than anything they’ll learn on the field.”
Molander met with his team this afternoon to break the news. Brophy will begin the search for a new head coach immediately.