Former Benton coaches to run BPCC track and field program

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Charlie Cavell, BPCC Athletic Coordinator

Bossier Parish Community College athletic director John Rennie has named Scott Carroway and Barry Plunkett as the school’s new track and field coaches.

“I’m thrilled to have coaches with the pedigrees of Scott and Barry take over our track and field program,” said Rennie. “Track and field is our newest program, and we are very fortunate to have two well-established, well-qualified, experienced coaches running it, and working with our student athletes.”

Carroway, who comes to BPCC from Benton High School, will be the head coach for the Cavaliers and Lady Cavaliers indoor and outdoor track and field programs, while Plunkett will serve as his assistant.

Carroway previously served two stints as the head boys track coach at Benton High School from 1994-2005, and from 2008-2018. 

In his long tenure at Benton, Carroway garnered a long list of accolades including, 20-time District Track Coach of the Year, six-time Regional Track Coach of the Year and four-time Shreveport Times Track Coach of the Year.

In 2014, Carroway guided Benton to a runner-up finish in the Class 4A state meet.

Under his tutelage, the Tigers won 20 district championships and six regional championships.

Carroway also served as an assistant principal at Benton from 2005-2008. He was the defensive coordinator for the Tigers’ football team during that same time. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Northeast Louisiana University, now UL Monroe, in 1993, and a master’s degree from LSU Shreveport in 2003.

Plunkett was the Benton girls head track and field coach until 2018. His Benton teams won 19 district titles and four regional titles. In 2017, Benton was the Class 4A runner-up.

Plunkett has coached eight state champions in multiple events and two state composite record holders, Rachel Walker in the javelin and Kaitlynn Flattman in the 1,600 meters and 3,200 meters. He also coached one former state composite record holder in discus thrower Greg Doughty.

Plunkett earned a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana Tech in 1987, and a master’s degree from LSU Shreveport in 2003.