Hester named new Ravenwood football coach

Hester named new Ravenwood football coach

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Hester named new Ravenwood football coach

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Will Hester lives less than a mile from Ravenwood High School.

His parents live close enough to the Williamson County school that they can hear the Ravenwood band on Friday nights.

Those Friday nights will include Hester on the Ravenwood sideline in the fall.

Hester, a former La Vergne High football coach, was named the new Ravenwood coach on Wednesday, replacing Joe Rietveld. Rietveld was fired after going 5-15 the past two seasons.

“That was one of the draws for me,” said Hester, who has been an assistant at Brentwood High the past three seasons. Hester is a Brentwood alum. “It’s in my hometown and in my backyard.

“I want to build this program back up.”

Ravenwood hasn’t made the football playoffs since 2008. The school did win a Class 5A state title in 2005 and was runner-up to Smyrna in 2007. Ravenwood opens the 2013 season with Stewarts Creek, a new school located in southwest Smyrna and opening for the 2013-14 school year.

At La Vergne, Hester went 9-21 in three seasons from 2007-09 after replacing Don Thomas. Current La Vergne coach Stanton Stevens replaced him prior to the 2010 season.

Hester spent 10 seasons coaching in Rutherford County at both La Vergne High and Siegel High. He was an assistant at La Vergne from 2000-02 before going to Siegel High when it opened. He was the Stars’ defensive coordinator until 2005 when he rejoined La Vergne’s staff as the offensive coordinator.

There, he installed the Tony Franklin spread offense.

Hester was the offensive line coach the first two seasons under former coach Ron Crawford. Hester was the defensive coordinator under first-year coach Mark Pemberton this past season. His defense held five opponents scoreless and gave up 11 points a game in advancing to the 6A quarterfinals.

Hester said he will call one side of the ball at Ravenwood. He’s not sure which side yet. He’ll decide after he evaluates his staff.

“I’ll insert myself where I think I need and want to be,” Hester said. “I will be calling one side of the ball.”

Hester does know principal Pam Vaden from his high school days. She was an assistant at Brentwood when he attended school there. Hester said he’s been told by Vaden that she’ll do everything she can to help the program succeed.

“I feel like I’m getting off on the right foot,” Hester said.

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