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FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Spartan coach sees 'new guys step up'
by Ericka Birdsong
ebirdsong@neighbornewspapers.com
August 23, 2013 03:56 PM | 1219 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From left, South Paulding assistant football coach Josh Carmichael, new head coach Ed Koester and assistant coach Jeffery Sloan stand on the Timothy D. Glanton Sr. Field last week.
From left, South Paulding assistant football coach Josh Carmichael, new head coach Ed Koester and assistant coach Jeffery Sloan stand on the Timothy D. Glanton Sr. Field last week.
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The Spartans have a new coach this season in former South Cobb head coach Ed Koester.

With the South Paulding community being very involved with the team under former head coach Tim Glanton, the school wanted someone who would keep that tie strong. Koester said community is one important element for him because he is very family-oriented.

As far as the team goes, Koester said the goal is to be as successful as can be and his personal goal is to help them be successful.

“I feel like I make my contribution that way,” he said.

Koester was hired after spring practice but his coaching staff was able to speak to the efforts put forth by the team.

“It went well. We had new guys step up, some guys are still dependable and we still have guys that can become starters,” said assistant coach Jeffery Sloan.

Assistant coach Josh Carmichael said, “It was definitely a transition period and a lot of uncertainty but the kids still improved and that says a lot about them as a team.”

With his “11-man defense and 11-man offense,” Koester said he plans to have a throwing offense this season and rely on some key players from last season.

Head coach: Ed Koester, 10th season as a head coach (38-55-0), first year at South Paulding (0-0-0).

Region: 5-AAAAA

Key returners: LB Khalia Hacket, QB Chandler Burks, RB Jae Bowen, DB Traeon Simmons, DE Casey Cobb, LB Maurice Collier, OL Lorenzo Adger, REC LJ Pope

SCHEDULE

Aug. 23 Bye

Aug. 30 at Rome

Sept. 6 Villa Rica

Sept. 13 Bye

Sept. 20 at Woodland

Sept. 27 Allatoona

Oct. 4 at North Paulding

Oct. 11 New Manchester

Oct. 18 Hiram

Oct. 25 at East Paulding

Nov. 1 at Paulding County

Nov. 8 at Lithia Springs
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