Mooney named Western Hills football coach

By LINDA YOUNKIN State Journal Sports Writer Published:

Scott Mooney has known success as a football player and assistant football coach. Now he's hoping to bring some success to the Western Hills football program.

Mooney, 39, was recently named the new head football coach at WHHS. He replaces Phillip Bell, who resigned this winter after three years as coach.

This will be Mooney's first job as a head football coach. He's spent the last five years as an assistant at Campbellsville University, and he spent three years before that as an assistant at his alma mater, Ouachita Baptist College in Arkansas.

"I was fortunate enough to coach for two years right after I finished school (at Ouachita)," Mooney said, "kind of an assistant, graduate assistant, then I ended up going into the military."

Mooney served in the military a little over seven years.

"I had a four-year commitment, but I liked what I was doing in the Army, I was making pretty good money, and I was being promoted above all my peers," he said. "Plus I'd gotten married so now I was taking care of someone else, so I stayed in the military longer than I planned.

"But it was always in the background that I wanted to coach football."

Mooney played football in high school and was captain of a state champion team. He was first team all-state at linebacker and a high school All-American.

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