Mike Scarry retired from coaching in 1986 after 16 years with the Miami Dolphins, 19 years as a coach in the National Football League, 37 years of coaching football, and 39 years of coaching football and/or basketball.
He was a football and basketball player at Duquesne High School and Waynesburg College. A center and linebacker on the Waynesburg football team, he played in the first football game ever televised when Waynesburg played Ford University at Randle Island, NY in 1933.
In the days before specialization, “Mo” Scarry was the athletic director, head football coach, head basketball coach and the athletic trainer at Waynesburg College, 1963-65. His Yellow Jackets football teams posted a 17-8-1 record, including a pair of West Penn Conference titles during his tenure at Waynesburg, and the squad he had recruited won the NAIA championship in 1966, after Mo had moved on to the NFL.
A U.S. Army Infantry Lieutenant in World War II, Mo returned home and attended Western University in Cleveland, while playing pro football for the Cleveland Rams. He was the team captain and won All-Pro honors in 1945 when the Rams won the NFL championship. When the Rams left for Los Angeles, Scarry played for Otto Graham and the Cleveland Browns in the All-American Conference in 1946 and 1947 and the Browns won the league championship both years. Mo received his BA degree from Western Reserve in 1947.
Scarry’s 18-year college coaching career included stops at Western Reserve, 1948-49; Santa Clara, 1950-52; Lorries College, 1953; Washington State, 1954-55; Cincinnati, 1956-62; and Waynesburg, 1963-65. He was defensive line coach for the Washington Redskins from 1966-68, coaching in the Senior Bowl in 1966 and the Pro Bowl in 1968.
He spent 1969 as a scout for the San Francisco 49ers, the Los Angeles Rams and the Dallas Cowboys, and was the defensive line coach for the College All-Stars in the Chicago Tribune game. He began his career as defensive line coach with Don Shula and the Miami Dolphins in 1970, retiring March 1, 1986.
During those years, the Dolphins won the American Football Conference championship, but lost the Super Bowl in 1971, 1982 and 1984. The team won the Super Bowl in 1972 and 1973. Mo again coached in the Senior Bowl in 1976 and in the Pro Bowl in 1982.
Emphasizing his athletic versatility, Mo won the NFL Alumni Golf Classic in 1984 and played int he NFL Alumni World Series of Golf in 1985.