Fischer returns to Beachwood High School to coach the football team | Destination

Scott Fischer went back to Beachwood High School – twice. He is now the head coach of the team he used to play for.

On May 23, Fischer was named the Bison’s interim head football coach. Fischer, a first-team All-Ohio selection and 1995 Bison graduate, served as the school’s offensive coordinator from 2009 to 2012 before moving to Independence High School to lead that team’s offense. He returned to Beachwood in 2015 and coached the staff under former head coach Damion Creel.

Scott Fischer as a player at Beachwood High School in the 1990s and today as the Bison’s head coach.

“I am honored and very excited about this opportunity,” Fischer told the Cleveland Jewish News. “It’s kind of like a dream come true.

“We are involving the youth program madly this year. We have 50 kids in our youth program and about 40 kids have signed up for college football, which is the most we’ve ever had. We are excited about the new direction we are taking right now.

Over the past few seasons, Fisher said he’s noticed a change in the atmosphere around Beachwood and can feel the need for a different attitude off the court.

“I’m excited to go back to the old ways, to rediscover some of those old traditions to try to involve the community more in our program,” Fischer said. “Find this family atmosphere on match nights.”

After graduating from Beachwood, Fischer played football at Hiram College and made the All-Ohio Athletic Conference second team at tight end. After graduating, he immediately embarked on a coaching career, including high school stints in Bedford Chanel, Maple Heights and Garfield Heights before his first coaching assignment at Beachwood in 2009.

Fischer said he was equally proud of his teaching career, which was part of his daily diet in addition to high school and college football duties, and as a fourth-grade teacher in the municipal school district. of Cleveland.

“I love watching the growth of these kids and seeing them go from a scared little fourth grader to the end of the year when they are so confident that they have this knowledge and feel ready to conquer. the world,” Fischer said.

Fischer, 45, has had buffalo blood since he was young, grew up in Beachwood and celebrated his bar mitzvah at Temple-Tifereth Israel in Beachwood.

“I am proud to belong to the Jewish world,” Fischer said. “We have a lot of Jewish kids on our team. We also have African Americans and Asians on our team. We have a great melting pot at Beachwood, and we’re proud of it.

Fischer’s new position follows the uproar surrounding the Beachwood program.

Creel, a 1994 Beachwood graduate and former all-state star, left the program after the 2020-21 season, his sixth as head coach. This followed an episode where Creel was fired in March 2019, only to be rehired two months later, following an investigation by Beachwood Superintendent Bob Hardis, who suspected potential recruitment violations in the program, although no allegations were made directly to Creel.

At the time of Creel’s departure, Beachwood had made the playoffs in two consecutive seasons, 2019-20 and 2020-21. Last season, under new head coach Van Monroe, the Bison went 1-9, a season plagued by COVID-19 issues. Monroe quit a month ago to take on a new position at Lorain High School. Creel was hired as Lorain’s head coach in February 2021.

Now it’s Fischer’s turn.

Scott Fischer


“The situation that unfolded at Beachwood was something that I really wasn’t involved in,” Fischer said. “I didn’t really understand.

“All I know now is that there is a different feeling here. The fact that I’ve been part of Beachwood for a long time matters. Many parents and children already know who I am, and many children start wanting to play again. So it’s a good feeling right now.

“The team was so young last year, and I think we only had two kids who had experience from the previous season. Now we have 17 kids with experience and they’re all back.

“He’s one of those coaches who really understands what motivates his players, connecting with them and always going the extra mile for them,” Beachwood athletic director Ryan Peters said.

“He works closely with our college coaches and players to make sure we have a pipeline for years and years of success at the high school level,” Peters said. “Scott has the right attitude, temperament and vision for our football program.” .

As far as Fischer is concerned, last season is old news. Now entrenched in his new position, Fischer is busy setting up youth camps and having continual conversations with the players he inherited. He was camp director for the town of Beachwood for 20 years.

And, above all, conversations with former Bison players.

“When I was playing football, we always had former players coming back and talking to the team about their experiences at Beechwood and how it was back then for them and trying to live up to those standards,” Fischer said. “Beechwood football was actually a very, very proud thing. We took that very seriously when we played ball here.

“So I’m trying to bring that back, where our alumni talk about our team and tell these nostalgic stories and tell what their time at Beechwood meant to them and how that translated into being a better football player.”

Steve Mark is a freelance journalist.

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