Bloomington football job a ‘home run’ for Godfrey

Bloomington Purple Raiders
Joe Walters coached the
Bloomington Purple Raiders to a 9-9 record in the last two seasons. (Photo courtesy You Name It Sports)

By Eric Stock

BLOOMINGTON – The man who figures to be Bloomington High School’s new football coach hopes to bring the Purple Raiders football back to its glory days.

Scott Godfrey, 32, has been tabbed the new BHS coach, pending approval of the District 87 school board.

“It just seems like a home run from every standpoint; a great community, great football, great tradition and playing in a great conference,” Godfrey said. “When it opened, it was just an opportunity we had to jump at.”

Bloomington’s new coach comes from a school about one-fifth the size at Warresburg-Latham, but Godfrey has big dreams for the Purple Raiders. He doesn’t figure this to be a major adjustment.

“You are going to have more things are your disposal, more coaches, things like that,” Godfrey said. “From that it will be a change, a little more difficult keeping up on all your kids. Hopefully, hopefully the numbers are that high, but I think at the end of the day football is still football.”

In his first head coaching job, Godfrey took the Cardinals’ football program into the playoffs in consecutive seasons, something that hadn’t been done there in 15 years.

Godfrey replaces Joe Walters, who posted a 9-9 record in two seasons. He resigned because he said he wanted to return to coach in a faith-based setting.

Eric Stock can be reached at eric.stock@cumulus.com.

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