Citing family reasons, Scott Gordon resigned Dec. 12 as Thomas Worthington High School football coach.
A 1980 Worthington graduate, Gordon went 22-48 in seven seasons with the Cardinals. He also served as an assistant coach in the program for nine seasons (1982-90).
His best season leading Thomas came in 2009 when the team finished 5-5. The Cardinals have not had a winning season since going 7-3 in 1999.
Gordon's son, Danny, a senior who started at quarterback for the Cardinals this past season, plans to play in college but has yet to make his college decision. Gordon would like to see him play in college as well as watch his daughter, Kendall, a redshirt sophomore who plays lacrosse at the University of Louisville.
“It was tough announcing (my resignation) to the (players) today, but it’s something I saw coming down the pike,” Gordon said. “As a parent, I want to enjoy the remaining opportunities I have to watch my children play. As a coach, I don’t think it would be fair and might not even be possible to try to do both things.”
The Cardinals finished 4-6 overall and 2-5 in the OCC-Central Division this past season and will be losing 27 seniors.
“This is a great group to finish with because they’re all my sons,” Gordon said. “Because of Danny, I’ve been around the kids in this senior class since they were very young.”
Prior to arriving at Thomas in 2007, Gordon coached Grandview for four seasons, compiling a 22-19 record. In 2005, he guided the Bobcats to their first league title since 1979 by winning the MSL-Cardinal Division and their first playoff berth since 1987.