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Coach Scully celebrated for 50 years with Pop Warner Football
by Bob Certis, Photo News, May 2019
Coach Bill Scully Photo by Bob Curtis
“In his 50-year career with Pop Warner football here in Monroe-Woodbury, it’s estimated that Bill Scully has coached well over 1,200 young football players,” notes friend and fellow coach, Town of Monroe Supervisor Tony Cardone. “To have had that kind of impact on one community is absolutely astonishing. And he’s also a good friend.”
On Friday night at the Falkirk Estate and Country Club, Coach Scully will be honored for that contribution to his town and its kids, surrounded by family, friends, fellow coaches, as well as some current and former players. This celebration of Coach Scully’s long life in youth football was planned and organized under the auspices of the Monroe-Woodbury Pop Warner board of directors.
‘I was a hockey player’
Born and raised in New York City, Bill Scully ironically only played football himself in his home community in Manhattan for about two years.
“I was a hockey player,” the Coach reveals.
But after marrying wife Carol, Bill pursued careers in both the NYPD and the FDNY, and began a growing family, eventually moving north to Orange County.
“First we lived in Highland Mills, and later moved to Monroe,” Scully recalls.
Once settled in Monroe, the saga of Coach Scully began, starting in May 1970, when he discovered Pop Warner Little Scholars, the organizations’ full name.
Pop Warner, which was started in 1929, is the largest and oldest youth football, cheer, and dance program in the world, committed to developing young people, both on the field and off. Named after a then-legendary football coach, Glenn Scobie “Pop” Warner, the program places great emphasis on academics in addition to athletics, offering annual scholarships, and providing all participants with mandatory play time.
The feeder system for Crusader varsity football
Coach Scully, the president of Monroe-Woodbury Pop Warner for more than 25 years, is also the head coach of the Pee Wee division, which trains 11- and 12-year old players.
Given the reach of football within the greater local M-W community, the Pop Warner program acts as an informal “feeder” organization into the Monroe-Woodbury schools’ football programs.
Not only for football players, though, Coach Scully notes that Pop Warner also trains and coaches more than 125 cheerleaders. The organization runs a twelve-month program, working well beyond the football season, with staff planning and developing new programs and constantly working to enhance the youngsters’ experiences.
“It’s so nice to see our players do well as they enter the Monroe-Woodbury school sports programs,” Coach Scully observes. “We try to teach our kids teamwork and show them how to treat others the way they’d like to be treated.”
Contributing in other ways as well, Scully also works to benefit the Make-A-Wish foundation, an organization suggested to him by his wife Carol.
“It is so satisfying to know that you have helped someone,” Coach Scully shares. “When you see someone, one of your former players, 10 or 20 years later, and they say, ‘Thanks, Coach! You made a difference in my life.’ That’s a feeling you can’t beat.”
The Coach notes that entire families have gone through his program, and that in some cases, he is coaching the children of players he had coached many years ago.
‘I put my kids in your trust’
“And the parents, some who have entered more than one of their kids into our program,” Coach Scully reports. “They say things like, ‘The best thing I can say about you is that I have put my kids in your trust for years.’”
Asked how he feels about the articles, the interviews, the TV news spots, Friday’s formal celebration of his 50-year career with Pop Warner, Coach Scully says, “Well, I feel humbled. I don’t really like all this – I don’t do it for proclamations or plaques – that’s not why I do it. I just love football, and I love the kids!”