Long-time Kingswood Oxford School faculty member and coach, Scott Dunbar, was inducted into The Connecticut Girls’ Soccer Coaches Association (CGSCA) 17th Hall of Fame on January 19.
The ceremony took place at the Aqua Turf and was presented by Kingswood Oxford colleague and close friend Peter Jones.
Jones spoke on Dunbar’s behalf at the induction and shared his sentiments in front of friends, family, and other inductees in attendance.
“Scott has dedicated his entire adult life to the education of young people,” said Jones. “His commitment of over 40 years to the education of high school students encompasses much more than the soccer field.
“As a coach, Scott instilled in his players a strong sense of self, which included consistent improvement, sportsmanship, and a dedication to the team dynamic both on and off the field. He excelled at mentoring younger coaches by means of his guidance, patience and most positive example.”
Dunbar’s coaching career at Kingswood Oxford spans over forty years. In addition to girls’ soccer, he coached boys’ soccer, ice hockey, basketball, and lacrosse. He has also led one of the most successful golf programs in the state for the last 25 years. His career totals an impressive 81 seasons of interscholastic, 13 seasons of intramural and 94 seasons of coaching.
In addition to Dunbar’s contributions to girls’ soccer, he has a long-standing dedication to education and to those he teaches. He has been an icon in the classroom for over 43 years at Kingswood Oxford School as an innovative and impactful history, geography, and cultural anthropology teacher.
“This award was completely unexpected but much appreciated,” Dunbar said. “The girls’ soccer program was one of a few central experiences of my time at KO. I have many fond memories of the colleagues and students with whom I shared some memorable and transformative moments. It is hard for me to imagine what my life would have been without the lessons I learned every day from such a caring and generous group.”
The CGSCA was established in 1989 by a group of dedicated high school girls’ soccer coaches, and their mission is to promote and strengthen the development of girls’ high school soccer in Connecticut.