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Legendary Ballston Spa football coach William Scott dies at 97

Every Ballston Spa School District athlete who steps on the field today is touched by his spirit, even if they had never met the man. He was the namesake of the Scotties Ballston Spa sports teams.

William R. Scott, the legendary Ballston Spa football coach, died Saturday, July 5, at his home in Galway.

His long-lasting involvement with Ballston Spa sports allowed him to work with many young athletes, said his granddaughter, Vicki Guido. "He loved the students he worked with as much as his family," she said. "It was like he had one huge family."

Scott is largely remembered for starting the football program at Ballston Spa High School in 1940. He continued to assist the football team after he retired from the post of athletic director in 1976.

"I tried to stay as close to him as I possibly could because he had so much to offer," said Ron Ravena, who became head coach of the football team when Scott stepped down. "It was fun working for him because as a young coach, you are always anxious to learn something, and he was always ready to teach it."

The coach was a familiar face at practices all the way through 1999. "He liked to play an active part in everything," said Guido. "He was not a man who sat back and watched the world go by."

Scott also coached the baseball team, was a physical education teacher and ran various summer and winter sports programs for the town. Ravena remembered his morning baseball program with fondness.

"That's where everyone learned to play baseball," he said. "I guess a lot of what he did kind of rubbed off on us he's the reason a lot of us who went to Ballston Spa went into coaching and sports."

"He taught that it wasn't about being the best at something or being perfect, but that you had to put your heart into it," said Guido.

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