Eric L. Scott, a 6’1” guard from Lynchburg, Virginia, is the only men’s basketball player in the history of the Emory & Henry program to serve as a captain all four years. He was an integral part of Coach Bob Johnson’s successful push to turn the E&H men’s basketball program around. He was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame in 1997.
Scott made an impact on the team from the start. In his freshman year, he led the team in both assists and steals. In his sophomore year, the team mustered their third winning season in thirty years. In 1986, he helped to lead the team to an ODAC championship. His senior year they went to their first ever NCAA post-season tournament, winning their way to the Division III Sweet Sixteen. That year, they posted a 23-6 record, the best season record at the college since 1934.
Scott, whose energy and drive made him the natural floor leader for the Wasps, held school records for single-game assists (17) and ranked third in the school record books for career assists (409), while averaging 4.39 a game on his career. Scott also averaged 4.2 points and 3.6 rebounds. He won the Coaches Award in the 1987 and 1988 seasons. He was the Porterfield Award recipient his senior year in recognition of his superior athleticism, leadership, and character.
After graduating, Scott – a mass communications major – began his television career at WCYB-TV in Bristol, Virginia before moving on to WJZ-TV in Baltimore, Maryland where he became an Emmy-winning photojournalist and editor.