Scott Mueller begins his 13th season as a full-time assistant coach with the Washington University in St. Louis football team and 17th overall with the program. Mueller serves as recruiting coordinator and coaches the quarterbacks, and enters his 10th season as the offensive coordinator for the Bears.
Mueller has been part of six University Athletic Association (UAA) championships and the 2016 Southern Athletic Association (SAA) in 16 years on the sideline with Kindbom, including NCAA Playoff appearances in 2013 and 2016. He has also mentored UAA Offensive Player of the Year award winners Easton Knott (2011) and Eric Daginella (2013), and coached WashU’s all-time leading passer J.J. Tomlin.
Mueller’s first season as the offensive coordinator in 2010 was a success, helping lead the Bears to a 7-3 overall record and second place in the UAA. In 2013, Mueller and the Bears’ offense helped lead the Bears to finish to an 8-3 overall record. WashU won the UAA Championship for the second-straight season and made an appearance in the NCAA playoffs for the second time in school history.
WashU’s offense had a banner year in 2015, averaging 37.2 points and 496.0 yards per game. The Bears led the SAA in passing offense (352.9) and scored 30 or more points in seven of 10 contests. The 2015 offense broke 18 school records and finished in the top-25 nationally in six different categories: fumbles lost (4th), passing offense (6th), sacks allowed (14th), completion percentage (16th), total offense (17th) and third down conversions (22nd).
Mueller’s offense was dynamic in 2016 with Tomlin under center. The Bears averaged 36.6 points and 482.9 yards per game, and set six WashU single-season records: passing yards (3,895), pass completions (314), touchdown passes (38), total offense (5,312), points scored (403) and touchdowns scored (54). WashU posted an 8-3 mark, won both the UAA and SAA titles, and advanced to the NCAA playoffs for the third time in school history.
In 2018, WashU posted an 8-2 overall record in the program's first season as an associate member in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) in 2018. The Bears finished in third place in the CCIW with a 7-2 mark. WashU upset then No. 12-ranked Wheaton College (Ill.) 17-10 on Oct. 13 for its first victory over a ranked opponent since 2010.
WashU averaged 33.0 points and 409.6 yards per contest. The Bears ranked first in the CCIW in turnover margin (+8) and third in pass offense (322.8 ypg), and WashU set the CCIW single-season record for passing completions in a season (273). In addition, junior quarterback Johnny Davidson set the CCIW Individual single-season record for pass completions (255).
Mueller came to Washington University after serving as an assistant coach in football and wrestling at Maplewood Richmond Heights High School. In 2004, he was named the M.W.A. (Missouri Wrestling Association) District 1-Class 1 Assistant Coach of the Year. Prior to his stint at Maplewood, he was a graduate assistant at Northern Illinois University (2001) and a student assistant coach at Lindenwood University (1999-2000).
A four-year member of the football team at Lindenwood, Mueller helped lead his team to its first national playoff appearance in school history in 1998. He was selected for several awards at the university, conference, and national level during his playing career. Mueller graduated from Lindenwood in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education, and in 2006 with a master’s degree in education.
He and his wife, Kari, have three children, Corbin (9), Adelaide (8) and August (4).
Updated June 1, 2019