Galen Scott, now in his seventh year on the coaching staff, enters his second season as the Redbirds' defensive coordinator.
The 2005 AFCA I-AA Assistant Coach of the Year is one of the most decorated players to ever wear a uniform at Illinois State. Until 2004, Scott owned the career tackles record, but his protégé, Boomer Grigsby, claimed the mark under his guidance.
Scott helped mold Grigsby into an unprecedented three-time Gateway Football Conference Defensive Player of the Year award winner and a consensus all-American.
With the graduation of Grigsby, Scott continued his trend with Cameron Siskowic, who won the 2006 Gateway Defensive Player of the Year award. A two-time Buck Buchanan Award finalist, Siskowic led the Gateway in tackles both in 2005 and 2006, giving the Redbirds and Scott the league leader in stops for the fifth straight season.
In his first season as the defensive coordinator, Scott's Redbird defense ranked No. 3 in the conference in total defense and No. 2 in scoring defense with only 19.7 points per game allowed.
During Scott's four-year playing career (1997-2000), he set ISU records for tackles in a game, season and career. He also helped the Redbirds to their first Gateway Football Conference championship (1999) and a pair of appearances in the NCAA I-AA playoffs (1998, 1999).
Scott was named to four all-America teams and was only the fifth player in school history to earn all-America status in three different seasons. He also snagged All-Gateway Football Conference honors in each of his four seasons and was a member of the 1997 All-Gateway Newcomer team.
An honor roll student during his career, he set the single-game Illinois State tackle record of 27 and the season tackle record at 186. He was the first Illinois State player to exceed 500 tackles and his final figure is 109 more than that posted by previous record holder, Wilbert Brown.
Scott's single game mark ranks No. 5 in Gateway Conference history and his season total is No. 7. His career number ranks No. 3 in the conference.
Scott, who received both his bachelor's and master's degrees from Illinois State, hails from Orlando, Fla. He was an all-state selection for Evans High School as a senior.