BUCYRUS – The Redmen boys’ basketball team has a new coach in Scott Gifford. Gifford is the No. 44 head coach in Bucyrus history for the boys’ program. Although Gifford has never been a head coach, he brings 20 years of coaching experience to the bench.
Gifford is originally from County Crawford and now resides in Galion, having recently moved to the area. Gifford graduated from Galion in 1992, he played basketball as a Tiger.
“I’m from Galion, so I’m from the area,” explained newly hired Scott Gifford. “I kind of wanted to go home since my family is from here. I have always been looking for job openings in the area and then one opened up.
After graduating from Galleon, Gifford entered the Marines where he remained for over 10 years. The Galionite led the JROTC team at Ohio State in the early 2000s.
“I got my bachelor’s degree in history at Ohio State, while I was there I also ran the JROTC program,” Gifford said.
During the same period, Gifford spent time coaching basketball in the Upper Arlington School District. Following this, Gifford moved away from the game a bit, operating a business which he eventually sold.
“I sold that, and pretty much now I’m just working around basketball.”
It was in 2017 that Gifford returned to the sidelines. Wynford head coach Steve Mohr brought in Gifford as assistant coach. This concert lasted two years.
Then he spent three years as a senior assistant at London High School. London went 21-3 in the 2018-19 season, then 17-8 in the 2019-20 season. While in London, Gifford was able to coach Trey Woodyard, who later played Division I basketball at Valparaiso. Woodyard transferred to the University of New Hampshire. Woodyard was one of Ohio’s top high school prospects to come out in 2021.
Gifford has his fair share of coaching experience and thinks it’s time to make an effort to become a head coach.
Bucyrus finished 3-20 last season, and Gifford knows the turnaround won’t be easy. Entering his first season, Gifford knows what he expects from his team.
” [I want us to] to be competitive in all of our matches and have a chance to win.
Scott Gifford speaks to his basketball team for the first time after being named Bucyrus’ new head coach.