Updated: Mar 20
In 1992, Scott “Scooter” Douglas was a star second baseman for the Hardin-Simmons University Cowboys baseball team
. Going into his senior year he was offered a Division I opportunity to play at Northern Iowa but declined the offer in order to return to play his final year for the Cowboys. This proved to be a rewarding decision because he became an outstanding team leader.
Douglas was born and raised in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada. He grew up on the ice dreaming of becoming a professional hockey player, but his dad, who spent seven years as a professional baseball player, convinced him to pursue baseball. At 19, Douglas suffered a hockey career-ending injury, and this solidified his choice to play baseball.
During the school year, Douglas lived in the United States spending his time playing baseball and going to class. But during his summers, he would return to Moose Jaw to reunite with his family, and he would coach his hometown’s collegiate summer baseball team.
While at Hardin-Simmons, Douglas was a part of the Big Brothers of Abilene and said, “I enjoy it. It gives children who don’t have a father figure a male role model to look up to.” Douglas was a physical education major and history minor while at HSU.
After his senior year, Douglas hoped to continue his baseball career and try out for the MLB, but his backup plan was to try out for the Canadian Olympic Baseball Team. He stated, “I would love for a chance to play pro ball, but if I don’t get that chance, I will get my degree and that will lead me in a successful direction.”
Douglas ended up coaching different levels of baseball back in Canada after graduation from Hardin-Simmons and created a coaching legacy for himself.