HURRICANE, W.Va. — Former Nitro and WVU Tech football coach Scott Tinsley is making a return to the high school level with Hurricane. Tinsley, officially approved by the Putnam County Board of Education on Tuesday night, will coordinate head coach Jeremy Taylor’s offense.

“I’ve had our offense the last couple of years and we’ve had some success with our scoring and yards – we’ve won more than we’ve lost, but we want to take that next step and I think he’s a big part of that,” Taylor said.

Tinsley, who put together a 51-20 record at the helm with Nitro from 2002-2007, will coach on a volunteer basis with the Redskins for now.

“He doesn’t want paid, he just wants to coach,” Taylor said. “I could move and shuffle some people around, and I have a good enough staff who probably wouldn’t care. But that’s the neat thing about him – a lot of people say they coach for the love of the game, and he really is.

“He just wants to be here and I think he found a home,” he continued. “I’m appreciative to our principal, superintendent and board of education for giving him a shot in Putnam County.”

Tinsley briefly volunteered with George Washington a season ago before that was ultimately nixed by school officials there.

“He’s an excellent coach and I would rather coach with him than against him,” Taylor said. “I don’t know what happened in Kanawha County, but their loss is our gain. He’s going to do an excellent job for us and he’s excited to be here.”

Taylor, meanwhile, will take over the defensive coordinator duties following the departure of Teddy Stewart who took the head coaching position at Poca earlier this spring.

“Teddy was a heck of a coach and is a big loss. He’ll get Poca back on track,” Taylor said. “I’ll take over the defense with Teddy gone – and that’s always been my thing anyway. I’ll be real comfortable moving back there and it’ll be a good thing having Scott (Tinsley) there as offensive coordinator.

“Scott is an excellent offensive coach and I’ll learn a lot from him,” he continued. “If he’s here five years, I’ll learn a ton. Hopefully he’ll be here as long as he wants to be because he’s an excellent football coach.”

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  • Jon Davis

    Kc boe. Member cageball Crawford hatred for Scott caused this. And if I was a good wv or receiver with a possible scholarship on the line id transfer to hurricane too.. Coach Tinsley run the closet offense to a college offense you can run and kids can show their ability. Good luck

  • AJ

    Definitely Putnam County's gain!! Very sad that Kanawha County couldn't get it together enough to be able to hire this man! Great coach and great person. Go Redskins!!

  • Joe

    I don't know how Coach Taylor pulled this coup off, but good for him. Congratulations !

  • Joe Savilla

    Coach Tinsley has always been able to get the best out of his players and take a team that is challenged by numbers and talent and make them into a contender. Great ALL AROUND football coach, not just offense but all three phases of the game. Congrats coach! Hurricane just got really good, really quick.

  • Beagle Hound

    He will field teams capable of dethroning Martinsburg.

  • jim

    Great hire and good for the Putnam County BOE for not playing into the politics of Kanawha County. Its not wonder Putnam County has the best schools in the state.

    • BD

      I think Harrison Co. has that. Namely Bridgeport, RCB, and ND.

  • williamwallace

    Lets see how many new players show up at hurricane. I bet a QB and wide out suddenly materialize.

  • Robert Burdette

    Good Pick Hurricane... Might want to put Wheeling Island in your GPS! Congrats Coach... Coach. 'Em up!!!!

  • Bolts willis

    Great choice ! Scott is as good as a person as he is a coach !