Milton assistant fighting for his life

By David Purdum / For the AJC

The Milton High School football team is hoping for a miracle.

Offensive line and strength coach Mike Scott was diagnosed in early October with an advanced form of cancer and has been given 6-8 months to live, according to Milton athletics director Gary Sylvestri.

Scott has stage IV Adenocarcinoma that began in his pancreas and has spread to his liver and lungs.


Wristbands are being sold at Milton High School to raise funds for coach Mike Scott's medical expenses.

Sylvestri said the team is going through a rough time, but sticking together and vowing to play every play for Scott, who has been at Milton for five seasons.

“The kids are using the mantra of “Stay Scottstrong,” said Sylvestri. “They are rallying behind him, want him to keep fighting. Their reaction really shows how much Coach Scott meant to this team.”

Treatment options are being pursued, and the school has launched several fundraisers to help with medical costs.  “Lift Up Coach Scott” bands are being sold for $5 at the school, and donations also can be made at There is also prayer page of Facebook.

–David Purdum,

24 comments Add your comment

HS football fan

October 23rd, 2012
7:36 pm

God Bless Coach Scott! I pray Coach beats this thing & the boys succeed for him so they will see God’s grace & power.

Hubert Green

October 23rd, 2012
7:38 pm

Coach Scott is one of the finest people I have been priviledged to get to know. That man got more out of those offensive lineman than anybody could believe. Three of them signed D I scholarships. He was very supportive of other programs at Milton. He came to many basketball games and cheered for the team. I am praying for his family and him every day.

Really Tired

October 23rd, 2012
8:32 pm


October 23rd, 2012
9:43 pm

Prayers coming from Covington,Ga.


October 23rd, 2012
10:06 pm

may god provide healing,comfort, and strength for Coach Scott and his family. He will be in my prayers daily!

Alph Raider


October 24th, 2012
8:35 am

My son coaches with Coach Scott. He has told us what a fine man Coach Scott is. We will continue to pray for him.

Original Dekalb Fan

October 24th, 2012
8:41 am

My prayers go up for Coach Scott and his family

Former Player

October 24th, 2012
8:46 am

I played for Coach Scott at the University of West Georgia. He was my O-line coach there, and very good one at that. He is one of the reasons that I myself got into coaching. He made my college football experience what it was. He cared about me as a PERSON first, then as a Football player. That is why he was the most influencial coach that I ever played for, (including rec, middle, high, and college). He squeezed every bit of athletic potential out of me, and we all played hard for him because we knew he had our back. I am proud to have played for him, and am proud to call him my friend. I am praying for him and his family daily.

A praying person

October 24th, 2012
9:15 am

My husband is the coach that he is because of Coach Scott. I am praying that God’s healing hands touch Coach Scott and perform a miracle.


October 24th, 2012
10:14 am

I have had the pleasure of knowing Coach Scott for 4 years and he means so much to all of us at Milton. For those of you that have never had the pleasure, please look up O-line coach in the dictionary and I am sure you will see his smiling face. There is no doubt in my mind my son will be a better person having played for Coach. How do you ever repay someone that has had that kind of influence on your child? We pray ever night for Coach so that he may one day be able to continue his development of boys to men. Please join us in our prayers and support…WE LOVE YOU COACH!


October 24th, 2012
10:21 am

Our prayer are with Coach Scott and his family,team and school. Never give up!

Carrie Smith

October 24th, 2012
10:22 am


October 24th, 2012
10:40 am

Many Prayers and much love from Lovejoy High School and the entire Clayton County community. ” Thru Christ, all things are possible”. Praying for him with all our hearts. Asking all of the posters to pray for the Coach and may God in all his goodness and grace keep him in his hands.

JeanMarie Morris

October 24th, 2012
12:11 pm

May God bestow his devine grace upon the Scott Family. Please do consider making a monetary contribution to Coach Scott at

Matt Ashcraft family - Milton Football

October 24th, 2012
12:17 pm

We too have had the pleasure of knowing Coach Scott for 4 + years and YES he means so much to all of us at Milton. He certainly encouraged and gave my son the chance to be Varsity O-Line starter and he played his heart out for Coach. He is / will be a better person having played for Coach. We cannot say enough good and sincere thanks for this influence he had in our lives. We cannot fully repay, but we are supporting him through contributions, love, care calendar meals and most of all praying for him each day.

Camden 79

October 24th, 2012
1:44 pm

Coach Scott praying that God send’s his Angel’s with the HEALING BALM that healed my close friend from pancreatic cancer, God is still in the miracle working business,from all of the CAMDEN COUNTY WILDCAT FANS AND PLAYERS!!!!


October 24th, 2012
2:23 pm

Coach Scott we are praying for a speedy recover for you. You are in our thoughts and prayers!!!!!!

Keith Niebuhr

October 24th, 2012
2:50 pm

Coach ….

Wishing you and your family the very best.

Keith Niebuhr/ 247Sports

David Wilson Buckeyebattlecry

October 24th, 2012
3:28 pm

Coach Scott – I was with Nick when he visited Monday (just outside the door) It was SO good to hear your voice; strong/powerful as ever! You are a blessing to our family and so many others. Nick has been one of the many beneficiaries on the field (and boy have you made an impression(!), but more importantly you have left an impression about character and leadership that will stay with him the rest of his life!
You should know that we were seriously considering changing schools for his freshman year but your worked with him that summer and your O-line encouraged him to ‘play up’ and he was 100% committed to you and the Milton program ever since! You have a huge impact on these young men’s lives and I am PROUD to call you a friend.
We continue to pray for your complete recovery and will not relent until God answers our prayers and puts you back on the field!
God is proud of you Mike Scott….stay ScottStrong!!!

Milton Aunt and Uncle

October 24th, 2012
3:29 pm

Praying for you and your family Coach Scott. You are such an inspiration to so many. You have really been a blessing to our Nephew Connor. God Bless you!

Lawson Broadrick

October 25th, 2012
2:11 pm

I am a retired dentist that has been interested in alteration medicine for at least 30 years and have just read a small book that talks about cures for many diseases including cancer. I do not have cancer nor any other disease but plan on using the treatment recommended as a preventative. Since doctors have given up on a cure for Mike, there is nothing to lose as this treatment is very inexpensive and can be administered at home. The book is “The One Minute Cure” by Madison Cavanaugh I ordered it from Amazon and was easy reading. I feel this is God’s way of telling me that here is someone you may can help.I will be happy to talk to Mike or his wife, Mary Jane about my experiences. My # is 404 257 1359


October 25th, 2012
11:41 pm

I am a National Fundraiser Director and want to lend my services to any group or the school interested in conducting this high-yield, recession proof and simple revolutionary fundraising campaign for Coach Scott. Like many who want to help don’t have few ideas, I can help you.

For detail information, any interested parties can send me an e-mail to: and I can share this amazing concept.

I am a cancer survivor, and I know God spared my life to do this type of endeavor (fundraising) for worthy causes.

My prayers goes out to the family. God always create a situation and uses us as a vessel for a lesson to be learn.

Abundant Blessings!

Bob Kienel

October 26th, 2012
11:22 am

While my wife and I were at Kennesaw Hospital watching over at daughter-in-law, we happened to notifice the steady stream of players, friends and coaches visiting Coach Scott. That in itself speaks volumes of the postive influence Coach Scott has had on former players and students. I as well as most of those he has touched feel so helpless in these situations. Our prayers and thoughts are with Coach Scott and his family.

Rebecca Franchione

October 28th, 2012
12:36 pm

My husband coached with Mike at the University of West Alabama and we have so many great memories with Mike….he was always smiling, laughing, just a fun person to be around. We will always cherish those memories and keep your family in our prayers.