Scott Abell is in his fourth season as the head football coach at Washington and Lee after serving the previous four years as the team's offensive coordinator. Over his first three seasons, he has guided the Generals to a 15-16 overall record and an Old Dominion Athletic Conference Championship in 2012.
Abell's last two seasons have been riddled with injury, but his teams have continued to put up impressive offensive numbers despite playing a youthful lineup. W&L remained one of the top rushing offenses in Division III, finishing sixth nationally in 2014 (300.4 ypg) and second nationally in 2013 (346.7 ypg).
Abell helped guide the Generals to an 8-3 overall record and a 6-1 mark in the ODAC during the 2012 season, his first season as head coach. W&L won the ODAC title for the second time in three seasons and advanced to the first round of the NCAA Tournament before falling to seventh-ranked Hobart, 38-20.
W&L set 15 school records during the season, including nearly every scoring and rushing record. The Generals accumulated a school-record 4,001 rushing yards and finished one point shy (388 pts.) of the school record for points in a season.
W&L led Division III with an average of 363.7 rushing yards per game and finished fourth nationally in third down conversion percentage, converting 52.8 percent of the time. The Generals also finished with averages of 431.3 total yards and 35.3 points per contest.
Abell was honored as the ODAC Coach of the Year and he also received the VaSID College Division Coach of the Year and the Williard Bailey Award as the top NCAA Division II/III Coach in the State of Virginia.
Prior to taking over as head coach, Abell served as the Generals' offensive coordinator and assistant head coach. He arrived at Washington and Lee as offensive coordinator prior to the 2008 season and helped transform the Generals’ offense into one of the best in Division III. W&L averaged 302.8 yards and 23.6 points per game during the 2008 campaign and saw those numbers increase each season under Abell’s leadership. The Generals improved to 23.8 points and 311.2 yards per game in 2009 and then jumped to 35.3 points and 438.8 yards per game as W&L won the ODAC title in 2010. Along the way, the Generals set records for rushing yards and scoring, producing six of the top 10 team rushing performances in conference history in finishing 8-3 overall.
Abell was promoted to assistant head coach prior to the 2011 season and W&L again set numerous offensive and scoring records as the Generals finished third nationally in total offense (491.8 ypg), fourth in rushing offense (331.8 ypg), sixth in passing efficiency (171.7 rating) and 17th in scoring (38.9 ppg). Washington and Lee finished the year 8-2 overall, the program’s first back-to-back 8-win seasons in 50 years.
Abell came to W&L following six seasons as the head coach at Amherst County High School. During that time he compiled a 60-12 overall record and won three Seminole District Titles, while leading the Lancers to the 2006 and 2007 Virginia Group AA, Division 4, State Championship. Three times he was named the Seminole District and Virginia Region III Coach of the Year, while he received the State Coach of the Year Award after each of his final two seasons.
Abell, who served as the team’s offensive coordinator, quarterbacks and linebackers coach and strength and conditioning coach at Amherst County, is also the co-founder and co-director of the Central Virginia Coaches Clinic, a well-respected camp for over 150 high school coaches.
Prior to taking over at Amherst County, Abell spent four seasons as the head football coach at Liberty High School, turning an 0-10 team in 1998 into a Seminole District Champion in 2001. He has also been an assistant football coach and physical education teacher at Altavista High School (1996-97), Western Albemarle High School (1994-96) and Albemarle High School (1993).
Abell is a 1992 graduate of Longwood College with a bachelor of science degree in physical education and health. He also attained a master’s degree in administration/supervision from Lynchburg College in 2007.
ABELL YEAR-BY-YEAR AT W&L
|2012||8-3||ODAC Champions, NCAA First Round, ODAC Coach of the Year
||15-16 (.484)||1 ODAC Title, 1 NCAA Bid, 1 ODAC Coach of the Year Award