PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania, Penn Athletics, and especially the Penn men’s soccer programs are in mourning today with the news that Charles R. Scott passed away late on Wednesday, April 9, at his home in Havertown, Pa. “Charley,” who would have turned 100 in May, was an All-America athlete at Penn, and later became a much-loved coach and administrator. He is a member of the Penn Athletics Hall of Fame’s inaugural class, which was inducted in 1996.
“I know I speak for all Quakers when I say I don't know of a more beloved figure in the history of Penn Athletics then Charley Scott,” said Penn’s Director of Athletics, Steven J. Bilsky W’71. “He was a mentor to so many, as well as an accomplished coach, athlete, and administrator, and a member of the Penn Athletics Hall of Fame. He always approached you with that warm smile that couldn't help but make you feel better regardless of your existing mood. He meant so much to me personally, and I know I speak for legions in saying that our thoughts are with his family and that Charley will be greatly missed.”
"Charley will be sorely missed by all of us associated with Penn Athletics, and more specifically, Penn Soccer,” said Penn’s James C. Gentle Head Coach of Men’s Soccer, Rudy Fuller. “His legacy as a student-athlete, coach, and administrator at Penn was unparalleled. He was the epitome of a ‘Penn gentleman.’ I will always be thankful to Charley for his unwavering support, counsel, and most of all, his friendship over the past 16 years. He was adored and admired by all who had the pleasure of coming in contact with him. Charley will forever be remembered as one of the greats of Penn Athletics and Penn Soccer.”
Born in Philadelphia, Scott was the only son of the late Charles A and Mary McCord Scott. He served in the US Navy during WW II, and had tours of duty in both the North Atlantic on a Destroyer Escort and in the Pacific serving on an LST.
Scott was a 1936 graduate of Penn’s Wharton School of Business, and he captained the Quakers’ 1935 soccer team, attaining All-American status. He returned to the University of Pennsylvania in 1939 to become the freshman soccer coach, and became the Head Coach in 1943. In 1941, Charley became one of the ten founding members of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), an Association that has grown to more than 30,000 members. He served as President in 1956 and received their Honor Award in 1966. In 1993, he was inducted into the NSCAA Hall of Fame. In his 23 years of being head coach, Scott compiled a record of 141 wins, with 22 winning seasons, and his teams won or shared seven Ivy League titles. He had the privilege of coaching 21 players who earned All-America recognition. Over his coaching years, Scott served as the Chairman of the NCAA Soccer Rules Committee, and he was on the U.S. Olympic Soccer Committee for 18 years. In 1948 and 1956, Scott helped train the U.S. Olympic Team, and in 1953 he went to Germany for the U.S. Armed Forces to do clinics and set up base intramural programs
While at Penn, Scott earned his Master in Education (1942) and taught Physical Education. He became the Assistant Athletic Director in 1953 and helped form Philadelphia Big 5 basketball. Scott was inducted into the Big 5 Hall of Fame in 1981 and the Penn Athletics Hall of Fame in 1996. He also was named Acting Athletic Director three times.
In 1981, Charley received the Alumni Award of Merit from the University. After being “on campus” for almost 50 years, he retired in 1981. Following his retirement from Penn, Charley became an avid tennis player, playing well into his 90s.
Scott was preceded in death by his wife Dora Linton Scott and his grandson Charles R Scott, III. He is survived by his children Jeanne Condos and husband Dr. Dick Condos, Bonnie Gleeson and husband Chris, Charles R. “Bob’ Scott and wife Marcy. He also leaves behind 10 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.
Services will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, April 14 at Proclamation Presbyterian Church, 278 S. Bryn Mawr Ave, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010 (610) 520-9500. A reception will follow the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made to either:
The ministry of Leonard Stewart - Account # 16832
Mission to the World
PO Box 116284
Atlanta, GA. 303368-6284
Gifts can also be made to the Charles Scott Endowment at Penn Soccer. Checks should be made out to the “Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania” with “Charles Scott Endowment” on the memo line. They can be sent to:
Penn Athletic Development Office
235 South 33rd Street
Philadelphia, Pa 19104