Former Platteville standout Megan Scott and Platteville native Doug Knutson were among eight members inducted into the Wisconsin Track Coaches Association Hall of Fame earlier this month.
Scott, Knutson and the Class of 2014 were enshrined at a ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club in Madison at the conclusion of the 25th annual WISTCA Clinic.
“It’s quite an honor to be inducted,” said Scott. “The event was an outstanding, well-organized professional event and it was a pleasant surprise how many people attended.”
“The WISTCA is one of the most successful organizations in the state,” added Knutson. “It is an honor to be recognized by them and have them select my team’s accomplishments for the last few decades as worthy of being noteworthy.”
Scott and Knutson joined former Platteville coach Wilfred P. Hill (Class of 1992) as the only Platteville natives inducted into the WISTCA Hall of Fame.
Scott was a four-time state champion in track
Scott competed for the Hillmen from 1976–79 under coach Kathy Herbst, producing a prolific prep resume.
She was a three-year state qualifiers and two-time WIAA Class B state champion in both the shot put and discus, setting state records in each event.
As a junior in 1978 Scott won the shot put with a state record toss of 44–5¼ as well as the discus with another record throw of 136–10.
A year later as a senior, Scott defended both titles and established new Class B state records in each. She won the shot put with a toss of 45–8½ and the discus with a throw of 136–10.
Scott still holds the Platteville school record in the discus (152–4) and the 8-pound shot put (47–4). Girls now throw an 8.8 pound shot put for high school events in Wisconsin.
She was named Platteville’s team MVP in 1977, 1978 and 1979.
“My fondest memories are of my teammates,” said Scott. “Even though track is an individual sport I remember my time with my teammates and the team spirit and commradarie we had. Our coach, Kathy Herbst, made everybody feel special and important, and a real part of the team.”
Scott was also a standout in both basketball and volleyball as a prep at PHS. She was a four-year letterwinner in volleyball and led the Hillmen Class B state title in 1977 and a runner-up finish as a junior in 1978.
She was also a four-year letterwinner and four-time all-conference selection on the basketball court, earning conference Player of the Year honors as a senior.
After leaving Platteville, Scott attended the University of Kansas on a basketball scholarship where she played two seasons (1979–80, 1980–81).
She later transferred to the University of Wisconsin and went on to compete in volleyball (1982, 1983), basketball (1983–84) and outdoor track and field (1983, 1984).
In the fall 1983 she was named first-team All-Big 10 in volleyball and was voted team MVP after leading the Badgers (15–17) in kills, blocks and service aces.
She earned second-team All-Big 10 honors in basketball that winter averaging 14.3 points and a team-high 8.2 rebounds per game despite joining the team 11 games into the season due to volleyball.
In the spring Scott placed fifth in the discus (149–9) at the 1984 Big 10 Conference Championships.
That summer she was invited to try out for the Olympic volleyball team and made the first cut, but did not make the second.
Scott was inducted into the UW Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008 as the only woman to letter in three sports for the Badgers, and the first Badger to do so was Pat Richter in 1962–63.
Scott was also inducted into the Platteville High School Hall of Fame in 2003.
Scott lives in Wauwatosa with her significant other Marty Boehne and his 19-year-old son Corey. She recently completed her 27th year with the Boelter Companies.
Scott is the daughter of Harlo and Arlene Scott. Harlo was a member of Wisconsin’s 1940–41 national championship basketball team.
Knutson led Nekoosa girls to five state championships
Knutson, a 1965 graduate of Platteville High School and a 1969 graduate UW–Platteville, won the 1965 Class B state championship in the high jump (6–2), but earned his Hall of Fame induction as a coach at Nekoosa High School.
During his 28 years at Nekoosa he has amassed five girls Division 2 state championships (1990, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1998), two state runner-up finishes (1994, 2011), and 10 conference titles, including a run of seven straight from 1992–98. He also led the Papermakers to conference titles in 1990, 2006 and 2010, as well as seven regional and nine sectional championships during his career.
Knutson has coached 24 individual state champions and two state meet record holders; sisters Heather Hyland (long jump, 18–11) and Hillary Hyland (triple jump, 38–4), who are also enshrined in the WISTCA Hall of Fame.
“My fondest memories of coaching track here are basically seeing the development of all the athletes who have been motivated enough to follow our training philosophy and become highly successful in track and field and take the self motivation with them into ‘real’ life,” said Knutson.
“The sport of track and field is not a place where an athlete can hide. There are no short cuts to success. As a result, only those who want to be there are the ones with whom you get to work. Working with highly self-motivated individuals is very rewarding.”
Knutson has also coached all levels of boys and girls basketball (grade 7 to varsity), varsity football and varsity volleyball during his teaching career.
Knutson will return for his 29th season this spring. He retired from teaching middle school language arts in 2009.