Buster Daniel Named Head Football Coach at Lee-Scott Academy
FORMER OPELIKA AND VALLEY COACH ACCEPTS HEAD COACHING POSITION AT LEE-SCOTT ACADEMY
The High School Football season is less than three months away and the Lee-Scott Academy Warriors just picked up a well known coach in the area.
After spending three years at Valley High School, Buster Daniel will be dawning Warriors gear next year.
The school has officially announced him as their next head football coach.
“I’m extremely excited. It’s bittersweet leaving the kids at Valley. I’ve been with them for three years,” said newly named Lee-Scott Academy Football Head Coach, Buster Daniel. “There’s a lot of relationships I’m leaving there, but I’m anxious to get started at Lee-Scott and build new friends, relationships and work with different kids.”
When Daniel took over at Valley, the Rams were coming off of a 1-9 season. In just tw0 years, he helped put Valley back in the playoffs, breaking a four year playoff drought.
Last season they claimed the region championship for the first time in eight years.
“That’s all a tribute to the kids that we had, assistant coaches and administration,” says Daniel. The kids bought in to what we were selling. They’ve built this program back”
In 2018, the Lee-Scott Warriors football team did not win a single game.
Last year, they managed to win five regular season contests, before losing to Monroe Academy in the first round of the playoffs.
“Coach Johnson did a great job there last year, getting them started back on the right track. I’ve been in public school for the past 26 years now and I don’t know a lot about the whole private school sector,” said Daniel. “I’m exited to get in there and learn and get with the guys that are there and let them teach me.”
Daniel has spent 26 years coaching football at Opelika and Valley High Schools.
As an assistant at Opelika, Daniel helped lead the bulldogs to 19 postseason appearances.
His resume´ speaks for itself, but the Coronavirus pandemic wasn’t going to stop him from making a personal connection with his future employer.
“The AD gave me the option of doing a zoom meeting or coming in person. I jumped all over wanting to go in because I’m a guy that wants to sit down face-to-face,” said Daniel. “I think you get more out of that. They were open to that and that’s exactly what I wanted to do.”
Daniel will now try and lead Lee-Scott to their first back-to-back trips to the postseason since the 2016 and 2017 campaigns.