Special to the Daily Light

In his five years as Southwestern Assembly of God University’s part-time sports information director, Clay Scarborough helped establish the position he assumed from Jon Nielsen and Jim Perry. While he will continue as an assistant baseball coach at Southwestern and play a key role as a statistician during some sporting events, the former SID paved the way for the newly hired Mark “Link” Warde.

While teaching at a local junior high school, Scarborough faithfully served the SAGU Athletic Department by submitting weekly articles to the university’s Web site as well as posting statistical updates and numerous photographs that he would shoot during live games.

He also sent in weekly reports to the Red River Athletic Conference, the NAIA headquarters, the National Christian College Athletic Association as well as press releases he penned to Metroplex area media outlets.

SAGU made the SID change, according to Scarborough, because the school was convinced they needed someone on-campus to meet the growing needs of the Lions sports community. Warde, who comes to SAGU from Ann Arbor, Mich., will also direct intramural athletics.

Scarborough is a Houston native who grew up in Tyler, Texas, and graduated from T.K. Gorman High School. He received a bachelor’s degree in communications and later a masters in education, both from Austin College in Sherman, Texas. He teaches speech, multi-media and yearbook at Waxahachie’s Howard Eighth Grade Center.

Scarborough will likely man the Dakstats keyboard during SAGU home football and basketball games. He enjoys being a photographer as a hobby and dreams of photographing exotic animals in far-off lands.

“I am excited about the future opportunities the Lord has ordained for me,” he said during the summer. “It may sound simple, but whatever the Lord has next for me keeps me focused on his leading.”

Scarborough has been an assistant to Lions baseball coach Greg Hayes (five years) and his predecessor Paul Burgard (two years). He begins his eigth campaign on the diamond next spring, which is how long the program has existed.

He has been married for nine years to his wife, Tiffanie. They reside in Waxahachie.