High School Sports

July 31, 2014

Football coach takes on A.D. role at Mascoutah

From the time that Scott Battas graduated from Northern Illinois University over a decade ago, one of his goals was to be a football coach and athletic director at the high school level.

That goal has been achieved and in his hometown.

The Indians' football coach since the 2009 season, Battas has been named Mascoutah's athletic director, taking over the position from Fritz Holcomb. He has accepted another position within the Mascoutah School District.

The official announcement that Battas, 34, had been appointed as the school's A.D. came July 15.

Since that time, Battas has been learning the ropes as he prepares for the first day of school and football practice, which begins Aug. 11.

"I think that over the first year doing both will be a tremendous challenge, because it's a new element which has been added to my plate," Battas said. " I think that we've got a good enough staff, football-wise, where they'll be able to carry some of the weight that maybe they haven't had to before and it will be a key in how they handle it.

"But I taught special education and there are a lot of things that we do there that are busy work and a lot of organization. I spent a lot of time there, too. One of things I learned from my parents growing up was that you take care of where you're at first and do it the right way. Then when something else comes up, you're ready. I feel like I'm ready for the challenge. I hope it works out, because I have a tremendous passion for both."

A 1997 Mascoutah graduate, Battas attended NIU and was a student-assistant coach for the Huskies during the 2001-02 season. After a one-year stint at DeKalb High School, Battas was an assistant coach at Edwardsville High School where he worked closely with Tim Dougherty, who was the head football coach and athletic director.

Dougherty is now the football coach at Galesburg High School.

"In college, my coach always talked about setting goals and I always said I wanted to be a head football coach and athletic director and when I got the opportunity to work with Tim (Dougherty) at Edwardsville, that was his role and he kind of took me under his wing knowing that was something I wanted to do and I really learned a lot,'' Battas said. "You never know if that's going to be a possibility, because some (school) districts allow you to do both and some don't.

"Fortunately, they've put enough faith in me here (Mascoutah) and knowing that hard work pays off. As long as you've proven that you can be organized and a planner, you'll have the opportunity to prove that you can do the job.''

From Edwardsville, Battas came back to Mascoutah where he was an assistant coach under Terry Moeller before becoming the Indians head coach in 2009.

"Born and raised here (Mascoutah). It's a great place to live and raise a family. I have a passion for this city and this school,'' Battas said. "There is just so much to offer and certainly it's a great school academically.

"We're going to try and do some things now to get the athletic side back to where we want it. This community is ready to support. They bleed purple true and true. It's a fun place to be."

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