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Herring, Tice plan meeting in support of Hester

 

Adam Minichino

 

Chris Herring and Kenny Tice never imagined they would have to be spokespeople. 

 

But the former New Hope High School baseball player and NHHS parent believe it is time to speak out. 

 

After remaining quiet throughout the season and watching momentum build against New Hope High baseball coach Stacy Hester, Herring and Tice said Saturday they believe people in the community are on a “personal vendetta” and “crusade” to remove Hester as the school’s coach. 

 

“It’s a shame when coach Hester corrects an out-of-control parent during a game, and this parent makes it their personal mission to hold a personal crusade with a handful of other displeased parents and use family and co-worker influence on our elected school board members to reach their objectives,” Herring wrote in a prepared statement. 

 

Herring and Tice said they plan to hold a meeting after church Wednesday night in the parking lot beside the New Hope High baseball field. They said all players (past an present), parents, friends, and supporters of Hester are encouraged to attend the meeting to help show the school board the community supports Hester. 

 

“If enough people don’t come and stand behind coach Hester there is your answer,” Herring said. “I think the whole thing needs to be looked at. If you are going to investigate this man, investigate it right. If you push for change and think he needs to change, give him the guidelines he has got to change. Don’t take 18 years of his life — that baseball field is his life — and throw it down the drain. It is not right. Nobody can rationally say, you know what, he pushed a kid or he got on a parent, we’re going to get his job. What are you teaching your kids?” 

 

Said Tice, “What is that going to come to if that starts happening at every school?” 

 

Herring said the school board needs to stop relying on e-mails and phone calls from disgruntled people. He feels that is all the members of the school board have used to form their opinion. 

 

When asked what the school board should do if the Hernando decision didn’t factor into the decision not to recommend Hester be retained, Herring said the members of the school board still should investigate Hester and do the process right. He also said the code of ethics for members of the school board needs to be re-examined to make sure those officials didn’t or don’t overstep their role and remain impartial. 

 

Herring, who played baseball at New Hope High in 1992 and ’93, Hester’s first two seasons at the school, and Tice, whose son, Philip, is a junior second baseman on the team, then spent nearly the next hour voicing their concerns about the process apparently moving against Hester. 

 

The Lowndes County School District Board appears ready to deliver a 5-0 vote that Hester not return as New Hope’s coach.  

 

Hester said Lowndes County School District Superintendent Mike Halford told him he wouldn’t recommend he be retained based on the poll he took of the five members of the school board. 

 

The school board could vote June 12 at its next scheduled meeting to determine Hester’s fate. 

 

Herring said it is important for people to realize parents should not be allowed to control the team. He said he respects people will have different opinions, but he believes they shouldn’t vocalize those views and use them to try to sway public opinion. He said he and his brother kept their opinions to themselves all season, but they feel it is time to speak out. 

 

“I don’t agree with how the deal went down with Philip, and if Stacy could change it he would snap his fingers and change it tomorrow,” Herring said. “He is a man. He made a mistake. He apologized. He was suspended for his mistake. That is enough embarrassment and enough punishment, but they still can’t let it go.” 

 

Hester was not allowed to coach for the Pontotoc series in the Class 4A North Half playoffs after he was involved in an incident with Philip Tice in a game in the Hernando series. 

 

Hester admitted to grabbing Tice to remove him from a possible altercation with a Hernando player that could have resulted in his team being disqualified from the playoffs. He moved Tice, who was ejected from the game, to the dugout where Kenny Tice said his son told him Hester was holding his arm. Kenny Tice said his son told him, and later wrote in a letter, that he stumbled on the top step of the dugout, causing them to fall into the dugout. 

 

Kenny Tice said his son told him Hester had him against the wall and told him you can’t get into a confrontation because the team would be thrown out of the playoffs. 

 

Tice said he didn’t know the day of the incident exactly what happened but he didn’t have a problem with what transpired after talking with his son and meeting the following week with New Hope High Principal Lynn Wright, assistant principal Matt Smith, Hester, athletic director Dale Hardin, and baseball team representative Debby Upton, who taped the meeting. 

 

“I told coach Hester at the meeting that if I had thought you were hurting my son, there wouldn’t have been a fence or a dugout that could have held me back,” Tice said. “It wasn’t that big of a deal. The big deal is the deal before that. It kept dominoing.” 

 

Tice said he never has spoken about the incident with the superintendent or any members of the school board. He said one school board official, who he declined to name, asked him to press charges against Hester for his role in what happened. 

 

Tice believes Hester is in a no-win situation and that the veteran coach isn’t the only person who is being affected the longer this issue goes on. 

 

“I told them at the meeting, ‘Coach Hester has had a gun pointed at him. The trigger is cocked, but (Philip) is not pulling the trigger on him,’ ” Tice said. “How would he feel if we went to Mississippi State, Delta State, or West Alabama and he was carrying (the feeling) that his (high school) coach got fired because of him? If everybody is so worried about the kids, they should see what they’re doing to the kids now. It just ain’t right.” 

 

Tice and Herring said the push to remove Hester stems from an incident at a game at Houston earlier in the season. They said Hester told a woman, whose son plays on the New Hope team, to sit down and to keep her mouth shut. 

 

That morning, New Hope had practiced a sign for a squeeze bunt play. At the game later that day, Hester gave one of his players the sign to squeeze bunt multiple times and he didn’t take it. The player then struck out with runners on second and third base. When the player walked toward the dugout, Tice said Hester flipped the player’s hat up and said, “That was stupid. We practiced all day.” 

 

Tice said the woman, who he declined to identify, yelled from the stands and told Hester to keep his hands off the player. He said she continued to say things before Hester told her “sit down and keep your mouth shut.” 

 

From that point, they believe people have been working against Hester behind the scenes. Herring said people have talked to his brother and said things, rumors have circulated, and parents have said they would move their children to other schools if something wasn’t done about Hester. 

 

Tice said a school board member called him two times and asked him “How are you going to feel if Hester hurts one of those kids next year and you had a chance to get rid of him?” 

 

He declined the name the school board official 

 

Herring also said people in the community need to know all of the sacrifices Hester has made for kids and for his program. He said he has paid for clothing and travel expenses for less fortunate players who can’t afford it and allowed them to work off the expenses at a later date. 

 

“He does it so those kids can stand right beside another kid and feel proud because they’re part of a team,” Herring said. “In the past 18 years there is no telling how many thousands of dollars he has paid for out of his pocket before the Diamond Club (the booster club). The kids and the mothers know it.” 

 

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Adam Minichino is the Sports Editor for The Commercial Dispatch.

 

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Reader Comments

Article Comment Reporter commented at 5/24/2009 11:03:00 AM:

You call these things news stories?
Adam Minichino the writer of these articles did a terrible job. These stories look like high school newspaper snow jobs.

What happened to both sides of a story? All three of these articles are public relations high school level love the coach junk.

Even for the Dispatch this is junk.

 

Article Comment Doug Colvin commented at 5/24/2009 1:23:00 PM:

My son is a former baseball player for Coach Hester, Class of 1999. He's presently serving in the Air Force in Germany. He said Dad if I could be there I would show support for Coach Hester. So I will be there to show support, in his place. Clay moved to Columbus in 1998, just before his senior year. Clay says Coach Hester was always fair, and he has nothing but respect fot his coach. I told Coach Hester after my son's one and only year that I appreciate everything he did for Clay, and all of the opportunities we had to enjoy some great New Hope baseball. I consider Coach Hester not only as my son's former coach but as a friend of the family. It is a shame that a coach that has had this many years of success, is a proven winner, and a leader in our community has to suffer through all of this drama. Please stand behind Coach Hester, folks. This is not tee ball--this is Mississippi competitive high school championship baseball. We should be proud to have a coach of this caliber in our community. On behalf of Clay Colvin, USAF, Ramstein, AFB, Germany, Doug and Sylvia Colvin, Columbus.

 

Article Comment Robert Shelton commented at 5/24/2009 1:47:00 PM:

Mr. Colvin, Thank you and your Family for the service of your son Clay!!

 

Article Comment Farrah newman commented at 5/24/2009 4:09:00 PM:

I am a 1995 graduate of new hope high school. I am now a phycisian living in Jackson MS. I visited home this weekend and was astonished to hear this news of coach stacey hester. I am speaking as a female but as a former fan and batgirl that never missed one game or practice for four years. I saw everything from the field to doug out to the locker room and I must say stacey hester is a fine coach. Looking back as a mature adult and a mom of two boys now, I can but only hope my two can have the chance to have a coach like him. To teach that hard work pays off. That your not given too freely. That your last name means nothing. That discipline is necessary and vital to molding these boys to be productive young mean. To know how to set goals and to know it's ok to reach for the sky and then believe you can achieve it. To keep them passionate about something that is healthy, wholesome and keeps them away from so many other things that bring no greater good and just plain harmful. That they learn to respect those above them and that they are wiser. As I read the accounts, though I was not there, my immediate thought is absolutely I would want my cold reprimanded for their poor decision on that moment. Just wanted to say that I so respect this man and mrs ann. It burdens my heart that they are having to undergo such scrutiny and pain but can I say " no greater is our sufferings compared to those Jesus Christ"

 

Article Comment Lance White commented at 5/24/2009 10:29:00 PM:

I am a 1997 graduate of NHHS and former player for Coach Stacey Hester. It saddens me to hear that this situation even exists. Every successful person I know has made a mistake in the heat of the moment when emotions are high. Say he is let go. Where do we go from here? If anyone thinks that there is better candidate to teach kids not only the game of baseball, but how to overcome adversity and sacrifice to achieve perfection, then they are mistaken. Everything this man stands for, exemplifies the traits it takes to be a success. He demanded that we put in countless volumes of effort, time, and hard work to achieve the goals that we set out to reach from the first day we set foot on that field. He excepted nothing less than excellence and if that is not what the people in this community want, then maybe he should go. My four years under him was as big a part of my transition from a boy to a man as any other influence in my life. I am a husband, a father, and have a wonderful career. If any of that can be viewed as a success then I owe a big part of it to him. You cannot be around baseball anywhere in the state of MS. for very long without seeing his influence. Whether it be former colleagues or players, his passion and drive has spread far and wide. I challenge everyone in this community to be pro-active in putting an end to this situation. I challenge the members of the board to look at the entire body of his career, consider the lives touched by him, and put their personal agendas aside and then make the right decision. It would truly be a great loss not only to the program but to the entire community if he is realeased.

 

Article Comment Area Coach commented at 5/24/2009 11:22:00 PM:

I've coached against Coach Hester for the past 9 years and there have been many, many times when I've thought "he needs to calm down" but there has NEVER been a time when I thought he wasn't coaching his team to be the BEST that they could be. Stacey Hester is a baseball coach and a teacher. I'm sure he's done some things wrong but who hasn't? I'd let any of my kids play for Coach Hester.

 

Article Comment Brilliant Words commented at 5/25/2009 11:44:00 AM:

CURT:

That was brilliant!!
The wisdom of a PA announcer will change the votes to can him!!
Share more!!!

 

Article Comment Wendy Hysaw commented at 5/25/2009 10:09:00 PM:

I have known Coach Hester since his first year coaching at New Hope, my boyfriend at the time was on the team. Since that time I have had numerous occasions to see him on the field and off. I have found him to be a great family man and dedicated coach. The board will be making a huge mistake if Coach Hester is not allowed to continue as Head Baseball Coach.

 

Article Comment drew johnson commented at 5/26/2009 12:05:00 AM:

Im a 1995 graduate who played and started for him for four years. I respect that man and I stand behind him . He has two ways that is called discipline and winning. Look at what he has done for new hope baseball team and community for 17 years. He has put new hope on the map not only state wide but nation wide and has the best field in the state ms. For as the parents who are againest him and dont like. I think ya'll have no sense at all the finger should be pointed at you not coach hester. Wake up LOWNDES COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD AND PARENTS who are againest coach hester New Hope nothing without hester

 

Article Comment hk commented at 5/26/2009 12:52:00 PM:

I am a former batgirl from Caledonia. Caledonia and New Hope eat sleep and drink baseball.. there was never a game that our Coach was not passionate about the game. We always made it to north state and sometimes went on to state.. everyone on the team knew that it was serious stuff. We were proud of our dedication-that is how we got to that point. New Hope is like that also. Our coach was thrown out many times. The whole town knew the stakes were high at a game in Caledonia.. I feel it is between the player and the coach--if they are cool with it--then chalk it up to the moment and leave it alone. It is not worth this man's career.. I know Phillip and I believe him totally.. leave the poor kid and his family alone and leave the coach alone.. no one is perfect.. he sounds like a really dedicated man..

 

Article Comment parent commented at 5/26/2009 4:58:00 PM:

As a parent who regularly attends practice, I am certainly glad to see this man in the hot seat. He says some of the most derogatory things to 15-18 year olds during practice. There is no reason to constantly stay on a kid they way he does and his comments have nothing to do with baseball. He's usually ragging them, especially the ones who play other sports like football, about all the time they spend practicing football or lifting weights during football season. If the comments had something to do with the game of baseball itself, it probably would be ok but the mental abuse he puts kids through about other sports they play is unacceptable. The man needs to go NOW.

 

Article Comment Former Columbian commented at 5/26/2009 5:03:00 PM:

I have been reading the articles and speaking to several parents at New Hope about the situation with Coach Hester. I am shocked that so many people think it is okay for a coach to put his hands on a player. I was a batgirl for a 3 years running Lee High School state championship team. We had a coach that was very well respected throughtout the state and he was very demanding on the players but not one time in all the "fits" that he threw did I ever see him lay a hand on a player or yell at anyone in the stands. One of the best indicators of how great a coach you are is how controlled you are. This does not mean that I agree with what the parent involved in the Houston incident did but again, a great coach would have ignored that parent instead of yelling back at her. I have read about all the "bars" Coach Hester has raised for New Hope baseball but it seems he has forgotten to raise his own bar, for his temper. I am not criticizing him for yelling at the boys or demanding excellence from the boys, I know this shapes them into better people and I applaud him for that trait. I am criticizing how he handles himself at critical times. From what I understand,this is just one of several incidents with Coach Hester that have gone on over the years. I think the biggest question on my mind and the mind of a lot of other "outsiders" is, what happens if this goes away and the next kid is not so lucky to have "tripped" and ended up with a hand around his throat? What if the next kid is not okay?

 

Article Comment Love The Coach commented at 5/26/2009 5:45:00 PM:

For those that want to support the coach, please come to our web site and sign our petition. It will be printed out and presented to the board before their vote June 12.

The site is: www.supportcoachhesster.com

Thank you.

 

Article Comment Louis Johnson commented at 5/26/2009 7:26:00 PM:

I have had 2 kids play for Coach Hester for a total of 8 years. I neve had a problem with Coach or anyhting else to do with the program. There seems to be a certain group that want to play politics and get Coach Hester fired. Get a life and let the man coach

 

Article Comment 1980 graduate of New Hope commented at 5/26/2009 11:58:00 PM:

All of these comments are well and good. Let me remind some of you that New Hope Baseball has always been a winning program. They didn't just start winning 18 yrs. ago. Yes, there have been a lot of improvements over the years and that is wonderful. But what are we teaching our kids if we are teaching them to lie about a situtation just to not be the one to get a coach fired as was stated by Mr. Tice. How many of the seniors this year graduated with honors. We have gotten away from teaching academics and all we are worried about is sports and winning. If this team had a losing record or if the win numbers were reversed would there be this much talk about it???? Also, don't put the blame on the doctors wife as some you want to put it. Put the blame on the incident at hand and not her. She just had the courage to finally say something and now she is taking the brunt of all of this. Thats why we are in this situation today. To many people have been afraid to speak out. Over the past 18yrs. this is not the first incident that has happened. Some don't want to remember years past. And last but not least get off the doctors wife!!!!!

 

Article Comment mrs pyle commented at 5/27/2009 8:45:00 AM:

www.supportcoachhesster.com

This website does not work. Can you check the spelling or the domain.

thanks

 

Article Comment Casual Observer commented at 5/27/2009 10:55:00 AM:

It is apparent to me that most of the people in Columbus are crazy. The pettiness and bitterness that pervades that community is unreal. Coaches say mean things in practice. It's part of dealing with teenagers who are often hard headed. This is big time high school baseball. Go play church league softball or something. The number one reason there are so many immature kids in Columbus is because they are raised by parents who haven't grown up.

 

Article Comment concerned parent commented at 5/27/2009 1:03:00 PM:

to "1980 graduate of new hope" concerning the good doctors wife, she is one of the most vocal parents out there . she uses the "F" bomb in every other sentence but she dont like the word STUPID , what a joke ! Coach Hester being friends of the good dr. and his wife told her to "hush woman". Its not like he was yelling in the stands to someone he didnt know. dont make her out to be the victim here,hell shes the main character in this whole soap opera . Shes the main one with a big spoon (DR.BUCKLEY) stirring the pot as we speak !!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Article Comment a long way from New Hope commented at 5/27/2009 1:08:00 PM:

Casual Observer......the problem is the way you
and many others think...."this is big time baseball". Really?

 

Article Comment Leslie D commented at 5/27/2009 1:33:00 PM:

First off I want to say what an amazing letter Neely Hester wrote. She said everything that each of you negative people needed to hear. To "Concerned Parent"..WOW..you hit the nail on the head. This woman that started this whole mess has got the WORST mouth of ANY woman I have ever heard. She wants to act like a fool and get all upset over Coach Hester saying STUPID. I have heard it all. I would love to know WHY you moved to New Hope to begin with. BASEBALL I'm sure was the main reason. Go back to where you came from if you aren't happy with your son's playing time or the way he is being coached. Evidently you heard good things about Coach Hester and his team. If you don't like it now,good..get out of here. Let that kid of yours grow up, without mommy controlling his ever move. And DR. BUCKLEY YOU should not be voting at this board meeting. NOT fair..so now tell that woman of yours to HUSH that filthy mouth she has..

 

Article Comment mrs pyle commented at 5/27/2009 2:19:00 PM:

Reminding everyone about tonight's meeting at 8:00pm, Trojan Baseball Field.

It will be interesting to see "who's looking at who", who'll be in the shadows, who'll be in their cars with binoculars or standing on the street. I just hope and pray adults will be attending and NOT their inner child~ Mrs.Pyle

 

Article Comment just a reader commented at 5/27/2009 2:57:00 PM:

I am just passing by and keeping an eye on this story. While I do feel like this move is a witch hunt against your coach, I too feel like these stories have been presented in a bias/one view means. Where are the comments or the case being made by the people, parents, or even players against the return of the coach? To steal a baseball phrase it's Bush League Journalism but not bad journalism on the author's part. The story is present in a well-informed albeit bias fashion.

 

Article Comment Leeroy Jenkins commented at 5/27/2009 3:10:00 PM:

@Reporter - You sound like a former dispatch sports writer who thinks WAY to highly of himself.

 

Article Comment hk commented at 5/27/2009 3:46:00 PM:

Just remember this is a man's job! Just think--what if you were about to lose your job over a mistake.. put yourself in his place.

 

Article Comment song by kanye west commented at 5/27/2009 8:11:00 PM:

Heartless-

in the night i hear them talk
the coldest story ever told
somewhere far along this road he lost his soul to a woman so heartless...

how could you be so dr evil, ur bringin out a side of me i don't know...

 

Article Comment Drew Johnson commented at 5/27/2009 8:22:00 PM:

If this come true and coach hester doesnt return there will never be another coach do and accomplished what he has done for the NEW HOPE community ever again. I hope he stays and people leave him alone and let him keep winning and keep new hope standing strong and all people come together a get a football program built back up at new hope remember people it use to be a football school instead of baseball school. there hasnt been a football team over there since 1992.

 

Article Comment Sam I Am commented at 5/27/2009 8:31:00 PM:

New Hope won games before Hester got here. If you look at the players he has had....they have always been good at the game. He hasn't done anything special. And I don't think it's coincidence that New Hope hasn't won like it used to. They had some good assistants who did the "real" coaching when they won state championships.

 

Article Comment GC commented at 5/27/2009 8:43:00 PM:

He has done more with less than most other successful coaches. He has only had 1 or 2 D1 players to come through his program. It is not like New Hope has been full of "college baseball studs" like West Lauderdale or Oak Grove. So in my opinion he has been very successful with the talent he has been given.

 

Article Comment Sam I Am commented at 5/27/2009 8:46:00 PM:

That's because he feels it isn't his job to help his players get looked at by colleges. He doesn't care about the kids....only himself. You just made a great point. He looks like a great coach with no D1 players....but he actually does his best to keep it that way.

 

Article Comment GC commented at 5/27/2009 9:27:00 PM:

Yea it is his fault that the kids do not make it to D1 colleges. You just proved a point about how most New Hope parents think. It sure is not my child's fault he did not make it college, I will just shift the blame to the COACH (what a joke).

Shelton, Bazzell, Hunter, and a few others are the few "studs" that have come through New Hope.

Take a look around Columbus and compare the size of the athletes to say W. Lauderdale or Oak Grove. You just cant compare them.

 

Article Comment Sam I Am commented at 5/27/2009 9:32:00 PM:

It's not shifting the blame. It's facts. Besides, just because you do not play D1 doesn't mean you're not a great player. Face it...he's had great players and assistants. He's not a great coach.

 

Article Comment GC commented at 5/27/2009 9:47:00 PM:

If it is not shifting blame then what is it? I agree he has had good assistants but none of them are having much success.

 

Article Comment Sam I Am commented at 5/27/2009 9:55:00 PM:

I think Tim Dowdy had success. He beat Hester in the playoffs and then won a state championship. I think Chism has done well considering the time he has been there. Everyone know Kent Farris is a great coach. So I don't see your point there. I admit New Hope has had success. The kids in the program have always been good.

 

Article Comment GC commented at 5/27/2009 10:02:00 PM:

I agree. I was just saying that many of the assistants have not had tremendous success. Dowdy has and I think Chism will if he stays in coaching. My point was that New Hope has never had outstanding talent (except a couple of years) compared to other "baseball schools." I have never had a child play at New Hope but Hester has always got a lot out of the players he had.

 

Article Comment Sam I Am commented at 5/27/2009 10:05:00 PM:

Until you are "in" the program, I'd be careful making any kind of defense on Hester. From the outside, it looks like people are mad because he is a hard noser. That's not the case at all. The man cares for no one but himself. You reap what you sow.

 

Article Comment GC commented at 5/27/2009 10:09:00 PM:

you are obviously in the minority by looking at most of these posts.........every post from an ex-player has been positive.

but i will not get in an online "pissing" contest with you

 

Article Comment Sam I Am commented at 5/27/2009 10:12:00 PM:

I wouldn't say minority. The man is about to be fired after all. Go to a New Hope baseball game and see how many former players come back to watch. I'm sure the numbers are low.

 

Article Comment Sam I Am commented at 5/27/2009 11:37:00 PM:

How many were at the meeting?

 

Article Comment slo commented at 5/27/2009 11:51:00 PM:

I have been in the program "sam i am" and have seen it on the inside and im guessing u either didint play much or u quit!

 

Article Comment Former Player commented at 5/27/2009 11:59:00 PM:

GC you are a moron. Hunter, SHelton, and Bazzel were studs. Guess what! Hunter and Shelton played D1. Bazzel didn't have the grades so he signed with MCC then went pro. BTW those assistants you mentioned were all great coaches. I played for them. One question, where were they during the last state title New Hope won?

 

Article Comment GC commented at 5/28/2009 12:04:00 AM:

What are you talking about? Hunter, Shelton, and Bazzell were the examples I used as studs. I used them in the context of the most talented players that came through New Hope. I don't know if you misunderstood me or not. I also never criticized the assistants either, I said they were good assistants.

 

Article Comment Sam I Am commented at 5/28/2009 12:05:00 AM:

You guess wrong, slo.

 

Article Comment Sam I Am commented at 5/28/2009 12:09:00 AM:

Does anyone know how many were at the meeting?

 

Article Comment slo commented at 5/28/2009 12:19:00 AM:

I was there and I would say 200+!

 

Article Comment Trojan Fan commented at 5/28/2009 12:21:00 AM:

Yea there were about 250 people there.

 

Article Comment Sam I Am commented at 5/28/2009 12:29:00 AM:

Is that a lot?

 

Article Comment 1980 graduate of New Hope commented at 5/28/2009 12:33:00 AM:

The only reason you say the dr. wife is what this is all about is because nobody has the BALLS to admit Hester made a mistake. Tice even admitted it on tv tonight that he made a mistake with him. Has he even admitted to the public that he pushed the kid and had him pinned up in the dugout?????????? No I don't think so!!!! So don't tell me about her using a filithy mouth when Hester sets that example for everyone with the filth that comes out of his mouth. He is not GOD and people need to realize that!!! Grow up people and admit when mistakes are made. Whose the adult here?

 

Article Comment 1980 graduate of New Hope commented at 5/28/2009 12:35:00 AM:

To Trojan Fan there was not 250 people there tonight. The stands does not hold that many people. You would have liked it to be that many people there.

 

Article Comment Sam I Am commented at 5/28/2009 12:35:00 AM:

Well said 1980. One screw up is one thing, but there have been so many bad deals with this man that weren't even reported. If they had been, he would have been gone a long time ago.

 

Article Comment slo commented at 5/28/2009 12:38:00 AM:

I was there and I would say 200+!

 

Article Comment Sam I Am commented at 5/28/2009 12:40:00 AM:

Sure you would, Slo. Sure you would.

 

Article Comment slo commented at 5/28/2009 12:43:00 AM:

Im pretty sure he was confronted about it by tice and he admitted he made a mistake to him and his family! The man appologized what else do you want! I guess some people hold grudges!

 

Article Comment 1980 graduate of New Hope commented at 5/28/2009 12:43:00 AM:

Most of what was there were teachers that Hesters wife teaches with and who she called on the phone and said please come to support us. They don't have a kid that has even been thru the program. A lot of folks were there just to see what everyone was going to say. Its pretty childish when teachers come and bring their signs!!!! Come on people thats for kids.

 

Article Comment 1980 graduate of New Hope commented at 5/28/2009 12:46:00 AM:

Most of what was there were teachers that Hesters wife teaches with and who she called on the phone and said please come to support us. They don't have a kid that has even been thru the program. A lot of folks were there just to see what everyone was going to say. Its pretty childish when teachers come and bring their signs!!!! Come on people thats for kids.

 

Article Comment Sam I Am commented at 5/28/2009 12:46:00 AM:

There are consequences to actions. You can't just apologize and sweep things under the rug. He can't apologize for everything he has done. Time for change. Like I said earlier, you reap what you sow.

 

Article Comment slo commented at 5/28/2009 12:48:00 AM:

I didnt know there were that many male teachers at new hope causes there were alot there! Thats how it all got started in the first place "hear-say"! Who childish?

 

Article Comment Falcon Dad commented at 5/28/2009 1:14:00 AM:

1980 graduate? Are you sure you don't mean 2009 graduate. Your continued idiocy is getting laughable. The deal is you are a typical detractor that has to counter everything somebody else says because you have a personal axe to grind with the man.

The 200 people there were teachers?
Ignorant!!! When did New Hope hire so many teachers? That education must be unbelievable!!

Hester was harder on Shane Bazzell and Jeff Hunter than he has been on probably any other players through the years. But both spoke on his behalf tonight along with countless others.

You are just a normal loud mouth detractor that has to yell at the top of your lungs about something but when it comes down to an civilized debate you have no answers (except for the regurgitated stories or excuses that everyone has heard before)

 

Article Comment amused commented at 5/28/2009 1:17:00 AM:

to 1980 and sam i am (dr.seuss idiot) why is it that the bashers are afraid to put your real names on these rediculous blogs. Are you scared you will get your asses kicked . yall are just a bunch of spineless jealous wimps with a personal vendetta against coach hester. Thats all its really about. It doesn't matter if there was 200 or 2000 people there tonite there was a lot of support for the man. most of yall dont even know the man personally. You just jump on the haters bandwagon because you may be friends with the Buckleys or someone who had an altercation with him in the past. In 18 years and 700 or 800 games he has coached hes had a handful of confrontations with disgruntled parents , BIG FREAKIN DEAL , what successful coach hasn't. So come on all you whiners with personal agendas against him , leave the man alone and let him do his job.

 

Article Comment Sam I Am commented at 5/28/2009 1:49:00 AM:

And so I take it that YOUR REAL name is amused? Wow! I am amused. I know more than you think. I do know a lot of coaches who have coached longer than that who have not been fired (as Hester has) and have not been suspended more than once (as Hester has) and win more games than him in a classy fashion. I can't believe he said he coaches the kids to be classy. Why doesn't he try leading by example?

 

Article Comment mrs pyle commented at 5/28/2009 1:49:00 AM:

1980 graduate of New Hope: Why won't you place your name? We all know who you are. You graduated the same year my brother graduated. I don't remember seeing you at the field. Were you looking over the fence by the field house?



Sam I Am: Is that why you're afraid to post your name, because you'll reap what you've sewn? You mentioned there are consequences to actions, is this why you log-on as a dr seuss character? because you can't handle the backlash you'll get from your postings on both sites?

Well, fellas..it sounds like you will always be what we've all known you are..hotheads and someone who is quick with temper & mouthy. I feel sorry for your children. Let me remind you, be careful with your words against people because they may be the ones you'll need help from one day. ~Don't start cracking eggs in someone's basket without looking to see if your's aren't cracked...

 

Article Comment mrs pyle commented at 5/28/2009 1:51:00 AM:

1980 graduate of New Hope: Why won't you place your name? We all know who you are. You graduated the same year my brother graduated. I don't remember seeing you at the field. Were you looking over the fence by the field house?



Sam I Am: Is that why you're afraid to post your name, because you'll reap what you've sewn? You mentioned there are consequences to actions, is this why you log-on as a dr seuss character? because you can't handle the backlash you'll get from your postings on both sites?

Well, fellas..it sounds like you will always be what we've all known you are..hotheads and someone who is quick with temper & mouthy. I feel sorry for your children. Let me remind you, be careful with your words against people because they may be the ones you'll need help from one day. ~Don't start cracking eggs in someone's basket without looking to see if your's aren't cracked...

 

Article Comment Marshal Fowler commented at 5/28/2009 2:34:00 AM:

I have a comment for the "2" colorfull characters: Sam I Am and 1980....Coach Hester seems like a wonderfull man, great father, loving husband, and a fantastic coach. He made a mistake, he apologized for it, the kid and his family forgive him. Mr. Halford even made the statement that the Hernando incident was not the reason he is not being asked to come back. So what is so wrong with saying hey Coach, you have one year to clean the stuff up, we will watch your every move, if you screw up, You are the one to blame and your'e gone. As far as I know, he has never been written up. I know at my office, if I screw up, I get a letter in my file, if I get another complaint I get my final warning. If I screw up again, guess what, I'm Jobless. I was at the meeting tonight. No I don't have a kid who attends NH or have I ever had a kid who went to school there. I just wanted to see this in person to make my own opinion of the man and believe it or not, I was quite impressed. The way the fans/parents talked about him, especially the former players who stood and said their piece about him. Judging by the former players words, this man has made quite an impression on these young mens lives. I see other comments from former parents and players on here and just think this man can't be the Monster everyone is making him out to being. Even the letters that are coming out in the newspaper from former players. This man is highly respected by alot of people. He is disliked by some as well but I think the majority on this site, really do respect the man. Lets give him credit where credit is due. One more year to clean it up or else. May God Bless you all!

 

Article Comment Beat Me Please commented at 5/28/2009 8:07:00 AM:

This situation is exactly like the ones where a woman is abused by her husband but goes back for more. She turns stupid and continues to get beat up and keeps going back.

That is what you rabid followers are doing. Keep going back.

One question for you all. How many times have you cursed a child? Maybe thats common in New Hope Mississippi, but not where I live.

Keep going back. We aint extending a contract at Heritage.



 

Article Comment Sam I Am commented at 5/28/2009 9:08:00 AM:

Mrs Fowler. It's people like you who take up for him...people who know nothing. Of course you were impressed last night. They guy is about to get canned. He's doing whatever it takes to change people's minds. There are many, many former players who can't stand the guy.

 

Article Comment hk commented at 5/28/2009 11:01:00 AM:

mr sam I am--there will always be people that do not like coaches and teachers.. there are probably people that do not like you and ones that do not like me--that is life!! No one is ever loved by all..

 

Article Comment Sam I Am commented at 5/28/2009 11:16:00 AM:

It's not about like and dislike. It's about consequences and actions. If you continuously think you are above the law, it will come back to get you.

 

Article Comment mickey elliott commented at 5/28/2009 12:37:00 PM:

Sam I Am.. You are beginning to sound like SON of SAM to me.. Remember HIM????? EVIL!!

 

Article Comment hk commented at 5/28/2009 12:46:00 PM:

Sam I Am--I am sure you have bones in your closet.. no one is without sin.. no one.. what if you had to lose your job today in this economy because of one stupid thing that you did in an instant--something that you have been forgiven for...

 

Article Comment Sam I Am commented at 5/28/2009 1:54:00 PM:

That's just it. It's not one stupid thing. It's several over the years...many that went undocumented unfortunately. The guy has been lucky to make it this far. He should be gone.

 

Article Comment hk commented at 5/28/2009 3:45:00 PM:

SAM I AM--if this man gets raked over the coals like this for something that he and the person inolved have made peace about.. just imagine what would happen to another person that takes his place--oh no! What if they mess up--Oh no! There will be all of this on their head.. I do not know that anyone with any kind of credentials would dive into the pit of New Hope!! They are a bunch of people out there with nothing else better to do..

 

Article Comment Jim Shore commented at 5/28/2009 5:31:00 PM:

Everyone, I am truly an outsider that stumbled on to this by accident. I have not lived here very long and have no opinion of the coach or the lowndes county school system. It seems that most supporters seem to be posting their names. Those against the defendant are anonymous. How can anyone be sure if this isn't just a few people posing as many. Also, its seems out of place that the people posting these strong comments about how he should be fired are making the same mistakes with their finger pointing and profanity that they want him fired for. This doesn't make a lot of sense to me. One mistake I think everyone is making is the repeated use of the term kids. My daughter was killed by a 17 year MAN that was driving under the influence. While most of the "kids" are indeed kids when they enter as freshman or junior high. (Im not sure when they start). Once they reach the age of 16 and take on the responsibility of driving an automobile, they are YOUNG MEN. When you are behind the wheel of a machine that can kill someone if not directed properly you must have a certain amount of responsibility within yourself. It seems as if the coach is requiring that of his players based on the comments that I have read from former players. The world has always but now more than ever requires mental toughness. Stern coaching even with a minimal amount of foul language is more than likely beneficial. Just a thought.

JS

 

Article Comment Sam I Am commented at 5/28/2009 6:59:00 PM:

Nobody cares if Hester uses profanity, or if he is a hard-noser, or works hard. The difference between him and GOOD coaches is that he doesn't care for the kids. It's all about him. Always has been and will continue until he gets out of here.

 

Article Comment Staff commented at 5/28/2009 7:27:00 PM:

I agree with everything Sam I am has said. I hate to see anyone lose their job but Hester has crossed the line one time too many. His days are numbered. Why is everyone so concerned about posting one's name? I can promise you there are a lot of ppl who want him gone. Most are sitting back watching and waiting!

 

Article Comment Staff commented at 5/28/2009 7:30:00 PM:

I agree with everything Sam I am has said. I hate to see anyone lose their job but Hester has crossed the line one time too many. His days are numbered. Why is everyone so concerned about posting one's name? I can promise you there are a lot of ppl who want him gone. Most are sitting back watching and waiting!

 

Article Comment area coach commented at 5/28/2009 11:53:00 PM:

To the Lurker and Sam I am: You two must be butt buddies. Quit talking about stuff you don't understand. 1 + 1 = 2 dumbees.

 

Article Comment Sam I Am commented at 5/29/2009 12:12:00 AM:

I understand a lot more than you think area coach.

 

Article Comment The Lurker commented at 5/29/2009 11:15:00 AM:

Sad, just sad.......

 

Article Comment D.Matt commented at 5/29/2009 11:42:00 AM:

If I didn't know any better, I would think this is Varsity Blues & Hester was Bud Kilmer.

It's funny 'cause I hear all this talk about New Hope Baseball & the state titles, but I don't hear anything about New Hope Players going on to D1 Schools or playing in the minors or professionally.

A coach's job is to develop and enhance his player's talents as well as build the team & a winning concept. The fact that New Hope to be such a perrienial power and to be as close to MSU as it is & not to have players on it's staff or other schools says a lot about Coach Hester.

Love him all you want, you'll probably be better off w/o him.

 

Article Comment Matt Flanagan commented at 5/29/2009 3:35:00 PM:

sounds like the parents wanting him to be gone are the ones who let their kids grow up to be little wieners who still suck their thumbs at the age of 25. why don't you stop whining about your boy getting a little discipline? over-protective parents are the most annoying people in the entire world. especially ones who yell at the coach from the stands during a game. I hope you people enjoying having a terrible baseball team after you make hester leave. he should be allowed to take all of the trophies with him. yall don't deserve to keep them.

 

Article Comment bwap commented at 5/29/2009 4:11:00 PM:

This story reminds me of Coach Knight...cannot question his success (one of the greatest coaches in college basketball history)...what happened to him at Indiana...sooner or later you run out of "get out of jail free cards". It's too big of a risk to keep him. Liability factor will win out everytime!

 

Article Comment NHS1985 commented at 5/29/2009 9:16:00 PM:

I have just stumbled on this situation over that last week and will not try to pretend to know all the facts. I have this observation to make:
Yes, Coach Hester has continued the fine baseball tradition @ NHS, but I believe that the initial architect of the program's rise was Coach Tommy Upton in the 1980's and I just want that to be noted.

Hope everything works out for the best interest of the school and program.

 

Article Comment ted richards commented at 6/8/2009 2:47:00 PM:

stacy is getting a raw deal if you are going to coach kids how to play baseball decipline starts when they are in coach pitch with every level the kid moves up it requires more decipline.when a kid or parent gets to where he can tell a coach how to run his program it's time for tht parent and kid to go home and never return to the ballpark coach hester you have my full support i think we should look at the school board and see if we need to replace them. if this is all they have to do they must be neglecting their jobs i wouldn't want any of them to a role model for any of my kids

 

Article Comment ted richards commented at 6/8/2009 6:58:00 PM:

why do a lot of you sign your e-mails with initials or bogus names if you are not man or woman enough to sign your complete don't whip out and go after a coaches job if your not big enough to sign your name coach hester sighs his and he is proud of it

 

Article Comment totallysatisfied commented at 6/12/2009 5:25:00 PM:

Thank you Mr. Halford and the Lowndes County School Board for doing the right thing. He's finally gotten caught doing the wrong thing and the punishment fits the crime. Now it's time to take your family and move on to another school where you can start the cycle again.

 

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