High school basketball coach dies one day after leukemia diagnosis

Coach Greg Scott, left, convinced his best friend Bobby Hughes to come work with him at Cass High School. Scott died Tuesday at Northside Hospital in Atlanta. (Photo: Cass High School)
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Coach Greg Scott, left, convinced his best friend Bobby Hughes to come work with him at Cass High School. Scott died Tuesday at Northside Hospital in Atlanta. (Photo: Cass High School)

There was much more to life than the basketball court for Coach Greg Scott.

The Cass High School teacher was focused on teaching inside and outside of the classroom, Principal Mike Nelson told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“He was more about teaching kids how to be good people,” Nelson said Thursday. “He wasn’t worried about winning or losses.”

On Saturday, those who loved the popular coach will gather in the school’s gym for his funeral. Scott, 51, of Cartersville, died Tuesday morning, one day after being diagnosed with leukemia.

Scott had been ill in recent weeks and was diagnosed with pneumonia, a spokeswoman for the Bartow school system said. After a week off last week for spring break, Scott returned to school Monday.

“He wasn’t feeling great, but he tried to come to work,” Nelson said.

Scott left school to seek medical treatment, and he was diagnosed with leukemia the same day. He was hospitalized at Northside Hospital, where he died the following morning, Nelson said.

“It was a rough day Tuesday,” Nelson said. “It was just a somber, quiet day. Everybody took care of each other.”

Since joining the Cass staff in 2007, Scott held numerous jobs including head boys golf coach, an assistant football coach, and an assistant basketball coach before becoming the head coach. He taught special education and Social Studies and previously served as the school’s graduation coach.

Scott was an active part of the school community, always supporting other groups on campus, such as the band, Nelson said. He was always willing to help out, and his impact was known in the community. In recent years, Scott had recruited his best friend and fellow coach, Bobby Hughes, to also come to Cass. The two previously worked together in Macon.

The viewing for Scott will be held at Owens Funeral home on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Cass High School. A separate memorial service will be held in Tennessee.

Scott is survived by his wife, Tensi Howard Scott; daughter and son-in-law, Cieanna and Brad Sisk of Winchester, Tenn.; son, Trey David Scott of Cartersville; grandson, Lucas Sisk; parents, Earl and Judy Scott of Georgetown, Ky.; and sister and brother-in-law, Lana and Mark Pennington, also of Georgetown.