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Darien's Scott Takes Stock as New Coach at GFA

Darien's Doug Scott, who has been coaching basketball for 23 years, is taking his shot at coaching a high school team this year at Greens Farms Academy in Westport. And he's off to a good start.

The Dragons posted their first win ever over Brunswick , and lost to a strong St. Luke's team in Fairchester Athletic Association play. Scott took the job over the summer after working last year as an assistant at St. Luke's. "When I was an assistant at St. Luke's, I just fell in love with the league,'' Scott said.

He has spent most of the past two decades coaching teams at all levels, from fourth grade house squads to AAU teams. A retired Wall Street stockbroker, Scott has been one of the directors in the Fairfield County Basketball League . He also coached high school players at Jim Calhoun's basketball camp. Scott found more time for coaching since sons Tyler and Grant graduated from Darien High School. "I'm able to make a full-time commitment,'' Doug said. "GFA's a great place."

One of Scott's first coaching gigs came when Michael Milken, the former Wall Street executive and Scott's boss, asked him to coach his son's team. "He said, 'You're pretty tall, do you know anything about basketball?''' Scott said. "The year before he was the coach and lost every game. I think he was glad to turn it over to me."

Scott's contacts within in the FCBL have paid dividends. Nearly half of this year's GFA squad transferred in during the summer after he was announced as the team's coach. Scott has also been working for five years to get kids out of public housing in Connecticut's inner-cities into private academic institutions. Most have landed at FAA schools. He also had a fortunate arrival in 6-foot, 9-inch Sean Obi, a sophomore from Nigeria who is attracting the attention of Division I coaches.

Scott says he's a far better coach than he was a player. "People who hire me for my playing resume will be disappointed,'' he says. He's looking forward to a bright future with GFA. "The biggest difference with this team over some others I've coached is they're taller,'' Doug says. "I think 60 percent of this year's team will play in college. They can play at such a high level."

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