Jeff Scott
Jeff Scott headshot.jpg
Scott in 2015
Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamSouth Florida
ConferenceThe American
Annual salary$1.8 million[1]
Biographical details
Born (1980-12-28) December 28, 1980 (age 41)
Arcadia, Florida
Playing career
Position(s)Wide receiver, special teams
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2006Blythewood HS
2007Presbyterian (WR)
2008Clemson (WR)
2008–2014Clemson (WR/RC)
2015–2019Clemson (co-OC/WR)
2020–presentSouth Florida
Head coaching record
Overall3–18 (college)
Accomplishments and honors

Jeffrey Scott (born December 28, 1980)[2] is an American football coach currently serving as the head coach at University of South Florida.[3][4]

Playing career

Born in Arcadia, Florida, Scott later lived in Seneca, South Carolina and graduated from the Hammond School in Columbia, South Carolina in 1999. He played quarterback on the football team and was also an outfielder and pitcher on the baseball team in high school; he would become the first graduate of Hammond to play in a Division I college football game.[2] Scott played college football at Clemson University under head coach Tommy Bowden. He lettered three years (2000–2002) as a wide receiver. He also played special teams for most of his playing career, serving as the holder for place kicks.[2] He participated in three bowl games while playing at Clemson: the 2001 Gator Bowl, 2001 Humanitarian Bowl, and 2002 Tangerine Bowl.

Coaching career

Early career

Scott started his coaching career as the head football coach for Blythewood High School in Blythewood, South Carolina in 2006. He won a state title in his first and only year, at the age of 25. This was Blythewood's football program's inaugural year as well. It is believed to be the first time in South Carolina high school football history that a first year head football coach led his program to a state title in its first year of fielding a team. After one year coaching at the high school level, he then served in the position of wide receivers coach for the Presbyterian Blue Hose of Presbyterian College in 2007.


He made his return to Clemson in 2008 as a graduate assistant on Tommy Bowden's staff. When Dabo Swinney took over as interim head coach midway through the 2008 season he was promoted to coach wide receivers, the position that had been held by coach Swinney. He was promoted to head of recruiting in December 2008 when Dabo Swinney was given the full-time position. In December 2014, he was named co-offensive coordinator to replace outgoing offensive coordinator Chad Morris, who left to take over as head coach of the SMU football program. He shared coordinator duties with Clemson's running back's coach and former teammate, Tony L. Elliott. Former Clemson teammate Brandon Streeter was hired to take over recruiting coordinator duties as well as to coach quarterbacks.

Clemson's football team won the national championship in January 2017, beating Alabama, with Scott and Elliott as offensive coordinators for the game.

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
South Florida Bulls (American Athletic Conference) (2020–present)
2020 South Florida 1–8 0–7 11th
2021 South Florida 2–10 1–7 T–9th
South Florida: 3–18 1–14
Total: 3–18

Personal life

Scott graduated with a bachelor's degree in secondary education from Clemson University in 2003. He is married to the former Sara McDaniel. He is the son of Brad Scott, former South Carolina Gamecocks football head coach and longtime Clemson assistant coach. His younger brother, John Scott, who Jeff often refers to as his "hero", is a trauma surgeon who trained at Harvard and at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, and is now an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Michigan.


  1. ^ "New USF coach Jeff Scott agrees to five-year, $12.5 million deal". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved June 18, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c "Player Bio: Jeff Scott". Clemson University. Archived from the original on August 13, 2003. Retrieved September 12, 2020.
  3. ^ "USF names Clemson assistant Jeff Scott head football coach".
  4. ^ "Scott Named Fifth Head Coach in USF Football History". USF Athletics.