By Mike Pilosof
Garden City, KS-In the world of coaching, four years away can seem like an eternity. Scott Westbrook can attest to that.
Apparently, the wait was worth it as Westbrook found his new home as the new men's and women's soccer coach at Garden City Community College.
"I wanted to come to a place where I could lay a foundation," he said. "Because of some family things, it's been tough the last few years."
Westbrook last coached at Presentation College in Aberdeen, S.D. in 2012, where he spent just one season before moving cross country to be closer to his children.
"It was a challenge," Westbrook said. "But everything happens for a reason. I truly believe that."
After leaving Presentation, Westbrook took a job as a recruiter at a Welding School in Tulsa, OK. At the same time, he dabbled in real estate.
"Sometimes you have to have that lightbulb moment," Westbrook said. "I realized, this is not what I wanted to do. I really wanted to coach."
Western Kansas seemed to be the perfect fit.
"I called (Athletic Director) John Green," Westbrook said. "He was instrumental in me coming to Garden City."
Before landing at Presentation, Westbrook spent a year as the head women's soccer coach at Rockford College, an NCAA Division-III school in Rocford, Ill. Prior to that, he was the head men's and women's coach at Spring Hill (NAIA) in Mobile, Ala from 2004 to 2006; taking over as the athletic director in 2005. He also had a stop at Franciscan University (now Ashford) in Clinton, IA as head men's and women's coach.
"I've learned a lot of things along the way," Westbrook said. "It's all been a tremendous learning experience."
The 56-year old brings a wealth of experience to the table, having played professionally for the Tulsa Tornadoes, Oklahoma City Stampeded and Detroit Express, where he was named Rookie of the Year in 1983. He graduated from the University of Evansville with a Bachelor's Degree in Science/Psychology before completing his Master's in Business Administration at Fontonne University in St. Louis, MO.
"I'm really looking forward to working in Garden City," Westbrook said. "You have a school committed to athletics, and I could not be happier to be here."