Stephen Scott - 2.0 - 1998
Jersey Number: 33
Home: Houston, Texas
Hall Of Fame Induction: 1998
Team: Dallas Sidekicks 1988-1992
Stephen started playing rugby under precarious circumstances. After three years of successful wheelchair tennis, Scott got a call from fellow Southern Californian, Greg Thompson, asking if he would like to check out a new quad sport. Scott had never played, but agreed to go to the 1988 Nationals in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Thompson had sustained an injury and couldn't play, so The Rancho Raiders went to ND with just four players. The team from the LA area briefed rookie, Stephen Scott concerning the rules and tactics of the new sport for Quads on the way to their first game. Not only did Scott play well in his first tournament; he helped his squad take 3rd place! Scott had arrived in the quad rugby world at age 39, an age when many are contemplating retirement.
The following year, Scott, an Air Force Veteran, moved to Austin, Texas where Coach Abu Yilla of The Dallas Sidekicks found him. Scott joined forces with MVP 3.0 Dwight Goodman, also an Austin resident, and a host of healthy Texans who were immediately the team to beat. The Sidekicks stampeded through their opponents in 1989, and went on to defeat the Boston Pitbulls easily in the final game in front of their home fans in Dallas. Scott and Goodman were quite a tandem, and may have dominated for years to come had Goodman not developed a severe back injury that required fusion surgery and ended his rugby career early.
Stephen Scott was the complete package. He could post up with the best, as he did when Goodman ran the ball. He also showed his versatility by becoming an excellent #1 after Goodman's departure. He was fast and elusive, yet tough as nails. On defense he could cover anybody one on one. He surveyed the court with ease; he was a true field general who could coach while running his team.
In the four years Scott played, he was selected to the All-Tournament team at Nationals each year, and voted MVP in 1990. He was also voted MVP at Regional's three straight years. In 1990, Scott was selected to Team USA, which competed at The Stoke Mandeville Games in Aylesbury, England. The team really gelled and won the Gold Medal easily.
Scott had to retire after the 1992 season due to his wrists and shoulder, which were complications of his disability; Guillian Berre, sustained when he was 22 from flu shots while in the Air Force. His playing career only lasted four years. It started at Nationals and ended at Nationals, but he left a significant mark on quad rugby in a very short amount of time.
Scott's legacy was primarily on the court, but in 1990 he was a founding member and President of The Texas Wheelchair Rugby Association, which is a non-profit foundation that continues to fund quad rugby in Texas. Scott helped establish a quad rugby team in San Antonio and coached The San Antonio Scorchers for two years from 1992-1993. For the next two years with the help from Terry (Gumbie) Gumbert, Stephen co-founded and coached The Austin Renegades (1994-1995). In his final endeavor in the rugby arena, Scott coached The Houston Hurricanes from 1995-1996.
His contributions were substantial and significant. He only wishes rugby had found him earlier and his health had allowed him to play longer, because for a short time Scott was a complete player and a force to be reckoned with.
Today, Stephen not only volunteers his time by running a nonprofit Computer Learning Center teaching older adults how to operate a computer, but also provides private tutoring and computer repair in the Houston area.