The 2016 season will be the fifth as Washington and Lee Head Coach for Scott Abell. Across his first four seasons, Coach Abell has led the Generals to a 25-17 (.595) overall record and two Old Dominion Athletic Conference Championships.
Abell guided his 2015 team to the best season in school history, as the Generals produced the first undefeated regular season in 54 years and set a school record for wins in going 10-1 overall. Additionally, the Generals were the first ODAC team to ever go 7-0 in league play and finished the season ranked 21st in the D3football.com Top 25 poll.
The Blue & White set a slew of school records during the 2015 season, including establishing new marks for season total offense (5,439 yds.), rushing offense (4,773 yds.) and points scored (417). W&L led all of college football with an average of 433.9 yards per game, producing the three best single-game rushing performances in Old Dominion Athletic Conference history. W&L rushed for a school-record 649 yards in a season-opening 63-35 win over Averett, and added 508 rushing yards against Emory & Henry and 506 rushing yards against Bridgewater.
Following the 2015 season, Abell was recognized as the ODAC Coach of the Year, VaSID College Division Coach of the Year and he received the Willard Bailey Award as the top College Division coach in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Despite his teams being devastated by injuries the two seasons prior, Abell's offenses continued to rank among the best in the country. His 2014 squad finished sixth nationally in rushing average (300.4 ypg), while his 2013 team ranked second in Division III with an average of 346.7 yards per contest.
In his first season in 2012, Abell helped guide the Generals to an 8-3 overall record and a 6-1 mark in the ODAC. 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 then school-record 4,001 rushing yards and finished one point shy (388 pts.) of what was then 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 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
|2015||10-1||ODAC Champions, NCAA First Round, ODAC Coach of the Year|
||25-17 (.595)||2 ODAC Titles, 2 NCAA Bids, 2 ODAC Coach of the Year Awards