In a matter of hours last week, Mark Scenters' life took a turn he didn't see coming, and he wound up back in his home county as the new football coach at Madison Central.
"God opened this door for a reason," Scenters said. "Now we'll see why."
Scenters has coached at Garrard County the past six seasons, a job he said he "could've happily retired at."
Then last Thursday afternoon he noticed he had a missed call from Madison Central Principal Drew Muntz, who had hired Chuck Smith as the Indians' new coach a few weeks before.
Muntz left a message saying he needed to ask Scenters a question right away.
"In my heart, I thought he was going to offer me an assistant's job," Scenters said.
But when he returned Muntz's call, the Madison Central principal told him that Smith had taken the Boyle County job, and asked if Scenters would consider becoming the Indians' coach.
"I picked my jaw up off the floor," said Scenters, who met with Muntz on Thursday night and agreed to take the job.
"It's probably a really good thing that it all happened as fast as it did," Scenters said. "If I'd had time to think about it, I might've messed it up."
Scenters said it was difficult telling the Garrard County players the news he was leaving, but he knew it was the best move for his family.
Scenters, a 1993 graduate of Madison Southern, was an assistant coach at Madison Central for eight years under Paul Rains and Kenny Turner.
Scenters and his family (wife Debra and three kids) have lived in Madison County the entire time he's coached at Garrard County. Debra is a teacher in the Madison County school system.
"This wasn't just a football decision," Scenters said. "It was a family decision. This is a good way to get us all pulling in the same direction."
Scenters, 38, said he learned a lot from Rains and Turner beyond X's and O's.
"The most important thing is building relationships with the kids," he said. "That's what's most valuable."
Scenters had an overall record of 40-33 at Garrard County, including a 12-2 mark in 2011 when the Golden Lions lost to Belfry 34-27 in the Class 3A semifinals.
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