Former Nacogdoches head coach and Marshall football player Scott Ford has been hired as Elysian Fields' new head football coach and athletic director, according to a report by the Marshall News Messenger and

Ford is a graduated of Marshall High School and played football for the Mavericks from 1987-1989.

He coached at Class 3A Hidalgo last season, coaching the team to a 7-4 record and a berth in the bi-district round of the playoffs.

"This is all about geography, about having my son grow up 15 minutes away from his grandparents," Ford told Action 4 News. "For anybody that thinks that this is all about heading for greener pastures, I'm taking a $25,000 pay cut, so that's not it. A week ago, I never would have dreamed I would be leaving Hidalgo. But the search committee at Elysian Fields contacted me, and I had to jump at this chance to go back home."

Ford replaces Eric King at Elysian Fields. King's contract was not renewed by the school district for the 2013-14 school year, and he announced his resignation from Elysian Fields in January. King coached the Yellow Jackets to the Class 2A Division II state semifinals in 2012, losing to eventual state champion East Bernard.

Ford coached Nacogdoches in 2010 and 2011, posting a 4-13 record with the Dragons.