Frost in 2017
|Born||January 4, 1975|
|1998–2000||New York Jets|
|2001–2002||Green Bay Packers|
|2003||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|2006||Kansas State (GA)|
|2007||Northern Iowa (LB)|
|2008||Northern Iowa (co-DC/LB)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
Scott Andrew Frost (born January 4, 1975) is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the head coach at the University of Nebraska. He was previously the head coach at the University of Central Florida. He played six years in the National Football League (NFL) with the New York Jets, Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Frost was the starting quarterback for Tom Osborne's 1997 Nebraska team that shared the national championship with Michigan.
Frost attended Wood River High School in Wood River, Nebraska from 1989 to 1993. In four years as the team's starting quarterback, he threw for 6,859 yards and 67 touchdowns and rushed for 4,278 yards and 72 touchdowns. He led his team to the state playoffs in his sophomore, junior, and senior seasons. In those three postseason appearances, Frost's teams won five games and twice made it to the state semi-finals. Both of Frost's parents, Larry and Carol Frost, coached his high school football team.
In addition to football, Frost was a standout in track and field, winning a state championship in the shot put. At the state championship meet his senior year, Frost won an all-class gold medal with a throw of 17.92 m (58 ft 9 1⁄2 in). His personal best from earlier that year was 18.62 m (61 ft 1 in).
Frost began his collegiate career as a two-year letterman at Stanford in 1993 and 1994 before transferring to Nebraska in 1995. In his two seasons starting for the Huskers, Frost was a 1997 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award finalist and quarterbacked his teams to a 24–2 record, completing 192 of 359 passes for 2,677 yards and 18 touchdowns. This includes a senior season in which he became only the tenth player in college football history to both run (1,095) and pass (1,237) for 1,000 yards.
Frost's senior season featured a now-legendary play called the Flea Kicker. In a game against Missouri, Frost threw a pass that was kicked by Shevin Wiggins and caught by Matt Davison for a touchdown. The touchdown sent the game into overtime where Frost sealed No. 1 Nebraska's victory with a rushing touchdown. Frost and Nebraska went on to win a share of the 1997 national championship with a 42–17 Orange Bowl win over Peyton Manning's Tennessee Volunteers.
Following his collegiate career, Frost was selected in the third round (67th overall) of the 1998 NFL Draft by the New York Jets, where he played safety and special teams from 1998 to 2000. His professional football career included stops in Cleveland (2001), Green Bay (2001–02), and Tampa Bay (2003).
As a player, Frost was coached by Stanford's Bill Walsh, Nebraska's Tom Osborne, the New York Jets' Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick, and the Buccaneers' Mike Tomlin and Jon Gruden. In December 2002, while on the Packers' injured reserve list, Frost served as a temporary graduate assistant at his alma mater. He was later a graduate assistant at Kansas State in 2006.
Frost took a position at Northern Iowa in 2007 as linebackers coach before being elevated to co-defensive coordinator one year later. His defense finished the 2008 season tied for third in the FCS in takeaways (40) and ninth in scoring defense (17.7 points per game). The 12–3 Panthers also led the Missouri Valley Football Conference in rushing defense (107.1 yards per game) and scoring defense.
Frost joined Oregon's coaching staff as its wide receivers coach on January 26, 2009. Working under head coach Chip Kelly and offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich, Frost was instrumental in instituting a toughness among his receivers that enhanced their ability as downfield blockers, which contributed to the success of the Ducks’ potent running game. During his four seasons as wide receivers coach, the Ducks reached four straight BCS bowls and three of his departed wide receivers have been invited to NFL camps.
After the departure of Kelly, the University of Oregon promoted Helfrich to head coach and Frost was later officially announced as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach on January 31, 2013. In 2014, Frost was a finalist for the Broyles Award, given annually to the nation's top assistant coach. That season, his protégé Marcus Mariota won the Heisman Trophy en route to a berth in the National Championship game. In his three seasons as the Ducks' offensive coordinator, Oregon recorded a 33–7 record and finished every year among the nation's top six teams in terms of both scoring offense and total offense.
On December 1, 2015, Frost was hired as the head football coach at the University of Central Florida. Frost replaced long time UCF head coach George O'Leary and interim head coach Danny Barrett, who took over the Knights when O'Leary resigned following an 0–8 start. The Knights went on to finish 0–12 that year. Frost immediately turned UCF around. He won six games in 2016, taking the Knights to the 2016 Cure Bowl, where they lost to Arkansas State. In 2017, the Knights stormed through the regular season, finishing 11–0. They won The American championship game 62-55 in double OT at home against Memphis for their 12th consecutive win.
On December 2, 2017, Frost accepted the head football coach position at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Despite this, Frost led the Knights into the 2018 Peach Bowl–the school's second-ever appearance in a major bowl. In that game, they defeated 7th ranked Auburn, completing the first undefeated and untied season in school history. Following the game, the school claimed a national championship.[a]
Scott is married to Grand Canyon University graduate Ashley; they welcomed their son in November 2017.
Frost has worked for the following head coaches as an assistant/positional coach:
- Frank Solich: Nebraska (2002)
- Ron Prince: Kansas State (2006)
- Mark Farley: Northern Iowa (2007–2008)
- Chip Kelly: Oregon (2009–2012)
- Mark Helfrich: Oregon (2013–2015)
Head coaching record
|UCF Knights (American Athletic Conference) (2016–2017)|
|2016||UCF||6–7||4–4||3rd (East)||L Cure|
|2017||UCF||13–0||8–0||1st (East)||W Peach†||7||6|
|Nebraska Cornhuskers (Big Ten Conference) (2018–present)|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title or championship game berth|
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- "National Coach of the Year - UCF". UCF Athletics (Press release). December 6, 2017.
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- "Frost a Knight" (Press release). UCF Knights. December 1, 2015. Archived from the original on May 12, 2016.
- Chavez, Chris (December 2, 2017). "Nebraska hiring Scott Frost as new head coach". Sports Illustrated.
- Romero, Iliana Limón (December 5, 2017). "Scott Frost to coach UCF in Peach Bowl despite Knights' hire of his replacement". Orlando Sentinel.
- "2017 Rankings, Week 17". Colley Matrix. Retrieved January 9, 2018.
- "Football Bowl Subdivision Records" (PDF). NCAA. p. 109. Retrieved January 10, 2018.
- Seeley, Andy (January 10, 2018). "Knights Ranked No. 1 - UCF" (Press release). UCF Athletics.
- "Meet Mrs. Frost". FabWags.com. Retrieved July 30, 2018.
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