Red­skins hire Estes

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So­cial Cir­cle High School an­nounces hir­ing of foot­ball coach Chad Estes.

A fa­mil­iar foe to the Red­skins’ foot­ball pro­gram will now call So­cial Cir­cle home, as the Red­skins an­nounced this week that Mon­roe Area de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Chad Estes will take over as the Red­skins’ head foot­ball coach.

Estes re­places for­mer head coach Ron Se­bree, who com­piled a 0-20 record dur­ing his two sea­sons with the Red­skins.

While at Mon­roe Area un­der head coach Matt Fligg, Estes helped the Pur­ple Hur­ri­canes to a 42-8 over­all record and Re­gion 8-AAAA ti­tles in 2012 and 2013. The Pur­ple Hur­ri­canes went 0-20 the two pre­vi­ous sea­sons be­fore Estes’ ar­rival.

A Cony­ers na­tive, Estes served as the Salem Seminoles head coach from 2006-2009, go­ing 27-14 over­all. Estes went 9-2 over­all in 2007 with the Seminoles, earn­ing the Re­gion 8-Di­vi­sion B-AAAA cham­pi­onship with a per­fect 5-0 record. Estes and the Seminoles qual­i­fied for the state tour­na­ment in 2007, fall­ing to St. Pius in the first round of the play­offs. Estes also coached at Mundy’s Mill from 2003-2004, com­pil­ing an 8-11-1 over­all record.

Estes said he was ex­cited and for­tu­nate to join the Red­skins’ pro­gram.

“I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to turn­ing the pro­gram around,” Estes said. “I’m re­ally ex­cited and hum­bled. At this point in time, they were look­ing for some­one who was pos­i­tive, en­er­getic and had a vi­sion and the ex­pe­ri­ence to move their pro­gram in the right di­rec­tion.

“I’ve been raised in the area and I’m from Cony­ers,” he said. “So­cial Cir­cle has al­ways in­trigued me. They have the small-town at­mos­phere that I feel is im­por­tant to build­ing a pro­gram. Peo­ple in this area are in­vested in their team.”

So­cial Cir­cle High School prin­ci­pal Dr. Keith Ever­son said that Estes stood out among the other coach­ing can­di­dates. The Red­skins con­sid­ered six can­di­dates for the head coach­ing po­si­tion.

“So­cial Cir­cle has had suc­cess with their other ath­letic pro­grams and we want to make sure that foot­bal gets there, too. We're not look­ing back; we're look­ing for­ward. ” — Chad Estes So­cial Cir­cle head foot­ball coach

“We took a proac­tive ap­proach to this coach­ing search,” Ever­son said. “We didn’t want to post the job and just wait for some­thing to hap­pen – we wanted to make some­thing hap­pen. We looked at coaches around the metro area that had the ex­pe­ri­ence of build­ing a pro­gram, and our in­ter­view team de­ter­mined that Coach Estes was the can­di­date to lead our pro­gram.

“All of our can­di­dates were very qual­i­fied, but he came out and had the most spe­cific plan to turn around the pro­gram,” he said. “We be­lieve he can not only in­spire kids to be on the team,

but in­spire them to be a win­ning foot­ball team.”

So­cial Cir­cle broke ground Nov. 15 on a new ath­letic com­plex that will span more than 30 acres and fea­ture a foot­ball field, a track, five ten­nis courts, base­ball and soft­ball fields, and a weight room that will open this fall. Estes said that the com­plex will pro­vide sup­port to his pro­gram and the com­mu­nity and school want to im­prove its stand­ing in foot­ball.

“I am so thor­oughly im­pressed with the school, the ad­min­is­tra­tion and the com­plex,” Estes said. “I feel like they are mak­ing a com­mit­ment to ath­let­ics and they’re all in. They want our school to be suc­cess­ful.

“I know they have strug­gled in foot­ball, but I think this com­mit­ment from the school and the com­mu­nity is go­ing to make this a great place to be,” he said. “We’ve got to get the kids in­ter­ested and get them out play­ing foot­ball. The com­plex is go­ing to be a great sell­ing point to th­ese kids, and I think it’s some­thing we can all get ex­cited about.”

Ever­son said that Estes’ his­tory of help­ing pro­grams turn around quickly was an im­por­tant fac­tor in his se­lec­tion.

“He knew about our pro­gram, where they were and what it would take for us to turn around,” Ever­son said. “His past suc­cess is go­ing to be tremen­dously im­por­tant. We had a great coach in Coach Se­bree, but our pro­gram needed some­thing dif­fer­ent. We want our kids to ex­pe­ri­ence suc­cess on the foot­ball field.

“Coach Estes knows how to teach the fun­da­men­tals and in­spire kids – that’s what made him stand out,” he said. “Those on the in­ter­view team were get­ting ex­cited about next sea­son lis­ten­ing to him. Al­though any­one can talk a great game, Coach Estes has done it on the field be­fore.”

So­cial Cir­cle recorded its last win Sept. 23, 2011, against Athens Chris­tian by for­feit, but Estes said he isn’t look­ing back; he’s geared to­ward the fu­ture.

“The past doesn’t con­cern me,” Estes said. “So­cial Cir­cle has had suc­cess with their other ath­letic pro­grams and we want to make sure that foot­ball gets there, too. We’re not look­ing back; we’re look­ing for­ward.”

Ever­son said that Se­bree is still em­ployed by the school sys­tem. For­mer So­cial Cir­cle prin­ci­pal Tony Over­street will serve as in­terim ath­letic di­rec­tor in Se­bree’s place.

File photo/The Cov­ing­ton News

For­mer Salem foot­ball coach Chad Estes has been named the So­cial Cir­cle Red­skins' head foot­ball coach, the school an­nounced this week.

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