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Scott Swofford Inducted into CMU Hall of Fame

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The late Scott Swofford, former Wentzville coach and teacher, was inducted into the Hairston Sports Hall of Fame at Central Methodist University on Saturday, September 11. His wife Runa attended his induction ceremony, and said “I don’t think it’s sunk in yet…it’s such a great honor, I’m so incredibly proud of him, he’s so deserving!” A former Central Methodist College (now CMU) athlete who went on to a distinguished career as a high school and college coach, Swofford died suddenly of a heart attack in September of 2000.

Swofford attended Cleveland High School in St. Louis, where he was captain of the Cleveland Dutchmen football team. He began his college career at Central Methodist College in 1968, and became a four-year starter as a linebacker. Swofford was named team captain and the squad’s most valuable player in 1971.  He received All-District and All-Conference honors, and also captained the rugby team for four years. He received his bachelor’s degree in education from Central Methodist in 1972.

From 1973-1975, he served as the assistant coach for Wentzville High School’s football team  and also taught health, physical education and driver’s education. He later became an assistant football coach at Central Missouri State University (now University of Central Missouri), where he earned a master’s degree in athletic training in 1977.

After coaching at several different high schools and colleges, Swofford returned to Wentzville and served as the Indians head football and track coach from 1986-1998. After 17 years of service he was honored by the Wentzville School District, which named its new football stadium at Timberland High School “Scott Swofford Stadium.” Beloved by his students and staff alike, the dedication program stated “Scott Swofford completely embraced and taught the highest standards in excellence and integrity both on the field and