Scott Wells, who got his high school football coaching career started in Winnsboro and most recently served as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at Springtown, has been named the new athletic director and head football coach at Commerce ISD.
“I’m excited, very excited,” Wells said. “I can’t wait to get started.
Wells takes over a Commerce team that went 1-9 last season under head coach Bryan Price. He believes that can change.
“I know this about Commerce — we’re going to get it turned around,” he said.
Wells helped Springtown make the playoffs last season with a 6-4 record.
“People in Commerce remember Springtown from 1995,” he said. “It was the semifinal game in Texas Stadium that I believe ended in a tie (17-17) and Commerce won on penetrations (4-3). I think the Springtown quarterback got tackled a couple of yards short of the penetration that would have tied it and Springtown would have won on first downs.
“I’m glad they don’t break ties that way any more.”
This will be Wells’ first time as an AD and head football coach.
“(The AD position) will be my area of greatest challenge,” he said.
Originally from Orange, Wells began his career at Winnsboro High School in 1992 as assistant head football coach and defensive coordinator. From Winnsboro, he became an assistant coach at Little Cypress-Mauriceville in Orange. After two years, he moved to Orangefield High School as assistant head football coach.
In 2001, he became assistant head football coach and defensive coordinator at Sulphur Springs High School for three years. Wells’ next move was to Abilene, where he was defensive coordinator at Cooper High School for two years.
Throughout his career, Wells has been a strength and speed coordinator and a powerlifting coach. He received his master’s degree from Texas A&M while working in its strength and conditioning program.
That’s the first thing that he wants to do at Commerce.
“We’re going to start getting our off-season program and our strength and speed program in right away,” Wells said. “We’ll get it started and make sure we’ve got track going.”
CISD Superintendent Blake Cooper was excited to have Wells in Commerce.
“Our committee had a tough assignment selecting 12 candidates to interview from the 104 applications submitted,” Cooper said. “From three nights of interviews, three men rose to the top. After visiting with each of them, I chose Scott to lead our program. We plan to become competitive again in football and also continue to develop winning student athletes in all sports.
“Scott has the knowledge, maturity and dedication to help us regain our excitement and pride in Tiger football.”
Wells said it was flattering to be chosen from the 104 applicants for the position.
“I know that there’s a lot of people counting on me and I’m going to come through for them,” he said.
Wells and his wife, Anna, have been married for 18 years. They have a 12-year-old son, Sam, and a 10-year-old daughter, Caitie.
Wells plans to start in Commerce on March 2.