Austin Peay hires Scotty Walden as head football coach

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Austin Peay Governors has found their new head football coach. The school has hired Scotty Walden to lead the program moving forward.

Walden was the Southern Mississippi’s interim head coach. He took over as the Golden Eagles interim head coach since Jay Hopson resigned following the first game of the season, which was a loss to the South Alabama Jaguars.

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He informed his team that he was leaving on Tuesday morning. He will be introduced as their new head football coach on campus on November 2nd.

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“Today, we welcome one of the most energetic and innovative young coaches in the country to lead our football team,” Austin Peay Director of Athletics Gerald Harrison said. “In Coach Walden, we have found a man who is passionate about the student-athlete experience, energized about being part of the university and Clarksville-Montgomery County community, and excited to join us in our relentless pursuit of excellence. “Scotty is a new-age CEO for a new era of college football. He is a tireless worker, a motivator, a dogged recruiter, and a person who possesses an infectious personality that will lead us back to the OVC Championship and beyond. I am thrilled to welcome Scotty, Callie, and Luca to the Austin Peay family, and I look forward to our opportunity to officially welcome them Monday.”

Walden is the youngest head coach at the Division 1 level, as he is just 30-years-old. He was 1-3 as the Golden Eagles interim head coach.

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The Cleburne, Texas-born coach was previously a head coach at a Division III member school. In 2016, he guided the tea, to a 7-3 mark, before leaving to become the wide receivers coach at Southern Miss.

The former Quarterback and Safety at Dordt, Hardin-Simmons, and Sul Ross also served as the Sul Ross offensive coordinator in 2012. He was the East Texas Baptist offensive coordinator from 2013 through 2015, before being promoted to head coach.

Walden was the Golden Eagles wide receivers coach in 2017 and 2018, before being named co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach for the 2019 and 2020 season. As a head coach, Walden is 8-6 overall.

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“Callie, Luca, and I are incredibly blessed and thankful to be a part of the Governor family,” said Walden. “Becoming the head football coach for an up-and-coming program like Austin Peay is a dream come true for myself and my family. I am looking forward to meeting the players and getting to work as soon as possible. We appreciate (Interim APSU President) Dannelle Whiteside, (Director of Athletics) Gerald Harrison and the entire Austin Peay community for the amazing opportunity and belief in us. Let’s go do something special together!”

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