Photographer: Erik Coser

Scott Turnquist, the new head football coach and physical education teacher at Zionsville Community High School, has already set his goals for the next football season.

“I want to establish a culture and a team that is focused on daily and weekly improvement,” he says. “We are going to do everything we can to win each game we play, but we are only going to do that by taking one step at a time and developing a growth mindset. Focusing on the little things to affect the big picture will be very important, and if we can establish that, great things will follow.”

For Turnquist, it’s not just about improving on last season.

“It’s about working to be the best we can possibly be in our next challenge,” he says. “That includes a lot of steps before we even reach the season. There is a process to performing at a high level and it takes daily improvement to do it. The emphasis is on getting better every day.”

Turnquist is excited about working with his new team.

“Right now, I am enjoying working with all of the players and getting to know them,” he says. “I have been in the (school) building for a short time, so right now is all about developing relationships. I know, and have already seen, that there are a lot of talented kids and coaches here, and I’m looking forward to working with all of them.”

Turnquist spent his first two years of coaching at Bozeman High School in Bozeman, Montana, from 2004-2005. He also has a strong history in Zionsville. He previously coached at Zionsville Community High School from 2006-2010.

“I spent the past eight seasons at Carmel High School,” Turnquist adds.

Turnquist grew up in Billings, Montana where he attended Billings Skyview High School. He later attended Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana.

When he is not busy teaching and coaching, Turnquist enjoys spending time in Zionsville with his family, which includes his wife, Lacy, and his three daughters, Ivy, nine, Addie, seven, and Emmy, five.

Working Together as a Team

Turnquist believes he truly has a passion for coaching.

“The thing that I love most about football is that it means so much more than just a simple game,” he says. “It requires so many intangible elements in order to be successful. It requires a large number of people from different backgrounds to be on the same page, and working together in order to be at your best. The relationship, trust, teamwork, character and effort can create a lifelong impact in the lives of not just the players but for everyone involved.”

Turnquist noted that he loves working and living in Zionsville.

“Zionsville is a community of people who take a great deal of pride in everything that happens here,” he says. “The people care about each other, and the schools are a reflection of that. We have raised our family here, and we have great relationships that have been established, and that is very special to us. Having this opportunity in this community is a dream come true.”

He adds that he enjoys seeing both old and new friends at ZCHS.

“I am very excited about the players and the staff that we have in our program,” Turnquist says. “There are so many high-quality people involved from the youth level, middle school, high school and administration which creates a great place to work. The athletes have been incredible during this transition and I’m excited to be a part of their journey.”