Jessie Hester becomes new Suncoast head football coach

WELLINGTON, Fla. - It didn't take Jessie Hester long to find another head coaching job.

The Glades Central alum, who was fired in December after three seasons as head coach of his alma mater, has accepted the same position with Suncoast High School.

"I'm extremely ecstatic for this opportunity," Hester said from his Wellington home.

Hester takes over for Micah Mays, who was relieved of his duties in January.

Hester, who played at Florida State and for 11 seasons as a wide receiver in the NFL with the Raiders, Falcons, Colts and Rams, went 36-4 in his three seasons at Glades Central. His teams made the playoffs in all three years and fell to Cocoa in the state title game in 2009 and 2010.

Suncoast, however, is not near the elite level of Glades Central. According to The Palm Beach Postthe Chargers have gone just 12-27-1 over the past four seasons, a winning percentage of .313.

"You have to change the culture, the mindset of the kids," Hester said. "Kids kind of get used to certain things, and losing can be one of those things... Our main thing is to get that changed around, get those kids thinking in the positive sense."

One of the more intriguing aspects of Hester's new job is that it will pit him against Glades Central every season. The Raiders and Chargers play in the same district (now 14-5A). Their first match-up will be Oct. 7.

"I'm quite sure I'm going to be extremely emotional because of the history that I have with the school," he said. "That's going to be quite an emotional deal, and quite an awkward deal, for me because that is my alma mater. That will be a strange night, no question."

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