Football is a team sport, and the team factor in the sport is evident off the field of play as much as it is evident on it. Off the field of play, multiple coaches work together to put different aspects of the team in tiptop shape, teaching and perfecting the team’s drills, from offense to defense. Now, every team needs a leader and one of them is Scott Frost, a former NFL player turned college football coach.
Scott Frost had a career that spanned six years playing for teams like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Green Bay Packers, and a couple of others. Having retired, he has transitioned into the off-field aspect of the game, working his way up from being a member of the coaching crew to become the head coach of a couple of college football teams.
Scott Frost Began Playing Football In High School
The American coach, who is a native of Lincoln, Nebraska, began his football career at Wood River High School where he played between 1989 and 1993. Playing as a quarterback, Scott Frost quickly rose to become a star for his team and led them to various significant accomplishments, including the state playoffs.
At the high school level, Frost was also a star in track and field as he competed and won the state championship. With the possibility of pursuing a career as a track and field athlete or a footballer, Scott chose the latter and went on to attend Stanford University for two years before later transferring to his hometown college, the University of Nebraska in 1995.
Highlights of His Collegiate and NFL Careers
During his two-year stint with the Nebraska Cornhuskers, Scott Frost led the team to a national championship in 1997 after finishing the season with an amazing record of 24-2. He also registered other impressive records, like completing 292 of 359 passes for 2,677 yards along with 18 touchdowns during that time. His college career ended with an Orange Bowl win and personal accolades like the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.
Later in the following year, Frost turned professional after he was drafted 67th overall by the New York Jets in the 1998 NFL Draft. Unfortunately, he was unable to replicate his accomplishments at the college level in the NFL as he suffered broken ribs after being involved in a car accident soon after joining the Jets.
Nonetheless, Scott Frost had a modest career that spanned six years, playing safety and special teams. He briefly played for the Cleveland Browns in 2001 and subsequently had another brief stint with the Green Bay Packers from 2001 to 2002. After spending a year with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2003, Frost ended his professional playing career.
Frost Began His Coaching Career as a Graduate Assistant
— Scott Frost (@coach_frost) January 2, 2015
Prior to gaining global recognition as the head coach of the Nebraska University football team, the retired NFL player actually began his coaching career as a temporary graduate assistant (GA) at his alma mater in 2002 while he was injured. After his retirement, he joined the Kansas State University Wildcats football team in 2006 as a GA for one year. He then rose through the ranks to become the University of Northern Iowa’s co-defensive coordinator in 2008, having previously joined the team as linebackers coach in 2007.
Later in 2009, Scott Frost began working as Oregon Ducks wide receiver coach. He played a pivotal role in enhancing the downfield blocking ability of the receivers, which helped the team to reach four straight BCS Bowls. In January 2013, Frost was promoted to offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach after the departure of Oregon’s then-head coach, Chip Kelly. He executed the role for three seasons during which the Ducks ended each year as one of the nation’s top six teams.
Scott Frost Gained Immense Recognition During His Stint At UCF
After leading the Ducks to three successful seasons, Scott Frost was recruited by the University of Central Florida in the position of head coach on the 1st of December, 2015. Soon after, he turned their awful past season’s record around and they had an unbeaten run in the 2017 season, finishing with a record of 11-0. The team also emerged as the winners of the American Championship in the same year.
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In January 2018, Frost led the team to the Peach Bowl, with the Ducks recording their second-ever appearance in a major bowl. They went on to win the college football bowl game after defeating Auburn. Meanwhile, in December 2017, the former QB agreed to become the head coach of the University of Nebraska, as his services were desperately needed by his alma mater following his exploits with the UCF Knights which landed him numerous accolades including AAC, AFCA, and FCA Coach of the Year Awards in 2017, as well as Paul “Bear” Bryant Award.
Afterward, Scott Frost signed a 7-year contract with the Cornhuskers in May 2018 and has remained with them to date, though he is still struggling to replicate his groundbreaking records with the knights at the University of Nebraska. In the 2018 season, Frost only won four games after losing his first six games. Thus, he ended the season with a poor record of 4-8. In the next year, his team made a slight improvement as they finished the 2019 season with a 5-7 record.
Facts About His Career Earnings
During his six years as a pro, Scott Frost earned a significant amount as a player in the very lucrative NFL and he has continued to earn big bucks as a head coach in college football. Having begun his career as a coach in 2002, he has earned over $5 million in salary. When joining UCF in 2015, Frost penned down a 6-year contract valued at $11.7 million. Then in 2017, he earned a guaranteed fee of about $2 million.
Having breached the terms of the contract which ought to expire in 2022, by leaving for another coaching job, the University of Nebraska bought out his contract for $3 million. Currently, Frost is placed on an annual salary of $5 million, having signed a 7-year contract worth $35 million with the University of Nebraska. The deal includes a performance bonus valued at $950,000 if he wins the Big Ten and a national title in the same year.
Scott Frost Got His Sporting Genes From His Parents
Scott Frost was born into a sports family. He was raised by parents who were fierce athletes in their younger years as his father Larry Frost played college football at Nebraska while his mother Carol Frost was a track and field athlete who competed in the Olympics.
Scott’s parents have been married for over 46 years and have also remained in sports, with both of them being football coaches for over three decades. While Larry was serving as Wood River High School football coach, Carol assisted him in coaching and they reached the state playoffs three times with their son Scott leading as the quarterback.
More so, Larry and his beloved wife worked together at Shenandoah High School, where Scott Frost’s father worked as the head football coach and equally, the athletic director. Carol, on the other hand, coached the boys and girls track and field teams and also assisted her husband with the football program.
Presently, Frost’s parents have retired from their active coaching careers, settling down in Lincoln, Nebraska. In March 2019, Scott Frost and his dad joined Carol to become Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Famers.
What We Know About Scott Frost’s Life With His Wife Ashley
Scott Frost is happily married to his wife Ashley Neidhardt. Ashley, who is a graduate of Grand Canyon University, exchanged marital vows with Scott in 2016, three years after they met for the first time in 2013. The couple wedded in El Chorro, Paradise Valley, in the state of Arizona. They have since started their own family with the birth of a son, who was born on the 9th of November, 2017. The name of their son is currently unknown as they have continued to maintain a low profile that has defined their relationship.