Scott Halkett is in his seventh season with the USC Upstate men’s soccer program and second as the head coach. Halkett was announced as the fifth head coach in program history on July 20, 2017. He played an instrumental role in helping Upstate make its first-ever appearance in the ASUN Tournament championship game during the 2015 season. During his four seasons as an assistant coach, the Spartans had five ASUN All-Conference and four All-Freshman Team selections, as well as two ASUN Scholar-Athletes of the Year, two NSCAA All-Region and Academic All-Americans, and one ASUN Player and Freshman of the Year.
Halkett returned to the Spartans, his alma mater, 17 years after completing his playing career at Upstate, then-USC Spartanburg, in 1995. He had a tremendous collegiate playing career and was inducted into the Upstate Athletics Hall of Fame in 2005. He earned first team All-America honors in 1994 and 1995 and was a four-time All-South Region and All-Conference selection. While Halkett was a standout on the playing field, he was also an outstanding student. He was awarded the Horace Mann Student-Athlete of the Year Award in 1995, an honor given out by the University's athletic department for excellence in academics, athletics and citizenship.
Halkett went on to play professionally with the Atlanta Ruckus in the A-League and the South Carolina Shamrocks of the United States Independent Soccer League (USISL).