NEWPORT BEACH — If you ask Scott McKnight, it's less like a retirement and more like moving to a new team.
On June 1, when the Newport Beach police lieutenant walks away from the department after 28 years, he'll be turning in his badge and uniform for a clipboard and whistle with JSerra Catholic High School football in San Juan Capistrano.
McKnight, who turns 50 this month, will coach the budding program's defensive backs and special teams.
"It's a full swan-dive. I'm starting one and finishing another," McKnight said. "You have that from a lot of officers. They want to be part of a team. Oddly enough, that's what's bringing me to my next career."
On the surface, going from cop-to-coach may seem like an unexpected turn, but McKnight has pulled double-duty before, coaching in the day and policing at night.
"I'm not someone who needs a lot of sleep," he quipped.