Tarleton alumnus Scott Carey has returned to the halls of Tarleton State University after being named the new co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach for Texan Football.
"I am extremely excited to have Coach (Scott) Carey return to Tarleton," said head coach Todd Whitten. "He played for me back in 1996 and I have real fond memories of him. He was a very hard worker and a great leader. He's a guy that loves Tarleton. I couldn't be more pleased to have him back here."
Carey's ties to Tarleton run deep after starring on the field for the Texans as a four-year letterman on the offensive line from 1994 to 1997, including as a junior during Whitten's first Stephenville stop in 1996.
"It's a blessing (to come back to Tarleton)," said Carey. "When I got the phone call from Coach (Todd) Whitten and was given the opportunity to come back, it was like a dream come true. This is where I played, it's my home and it's where I met my wife. There are just so many factors that go into getting to come home (to Tarleton) and I'm very excited.
"As a player and coach relationship, you always remember those things," Carey continued. "Coach Whitten treated us very well and was an awesome guy to play for. So when I had the opportunity to come back and work with him, I didn't hesitate."
After his playing days, Carey ventured out to Northeastern State and Colorado Mines to begin his coaching career and found early success with an LSC championship in 2000 and a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championship in 2004. Carey's 2004 team at Colorado Mines also boasted the nation's top player as Carey's offensive line oversaw the protection of Harlon Hill Trophy winner Chad Friehauf and the Mines offense was ranked as high as No. 1 in the nation in passing offense, No. 2 in total offense and sixth in scoring offense that season. Under Carey's tutelage, Travis Yenne was a two-time All-American (2004-05) and earned RMAC Offensive Lineman of the Year in 2005.
His success allowed him the opportunity to return to his alma mater in 2006 when he joined Sam McElroy's coaching staff at Tarleton as the offensive line coach. Carey and the Texans saw immediate success as they shared the LSC South Division title in 2006 and the league title again in 2009. Also in 2009, Carey and the Texans advanced two rounds deep in the NCAA playoffs after upsetting Texas A&M-Kingsville on the road in double overtime.
During his five years as a coach at Tarleton, the Texans were 36-20 with two LSC championships. Carey spent time as the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach over the span.
After leaving Tarleton after 2010, Carey returned to Colorado Mines for three seasons and then came back to Texas for three years as the offensive line coach for now-NCAA Division I Abilene Christian. He spent the 2017 season at McGregor High School.
Carey joins Jonathan Beasley as the Co-Offensive Coordinator for the Texans and will lead the Tarleton offensive line, which returns nine key contributors from last season. The Texans averaged 29.9 points and 370.8 total yards per game a year ago.
"(Our athletes) are very big and that excites me," said Carey. "It's been a long time that I've had a group (of offensive linemen) with the size that we have. If we can get those guys moving in the right direction and working together, it's going to be a dominant force.
"We have all the talent in the world here and we have to make sure that we bring them together and get them moving in the right direction," he continued. "I've been at some places where there wasn't a whole of talent and I'll tell you, it's real nice to see all the talent we have running around here."
Carey, a native of Killeen, graduated from Killeen High School in 1993 before coming to Tarleton. He graduated with his undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from Tarleton in 1997 and earned a master's degree in college teaching from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma in 2001.
He resides in Stephenville with his wife, Danielle, who earned her master's degree and was a graduate assistant basketball coach for Tarleton in 2008-09. The couple has two sons, Gabe and Eli.