Ed Koester resigned as South Cobb’s head football coach in January because he wanted to live closer to his home in Cherokee County.
Koester later came up with another solution. He decided to buy a house closer to his job, which is now at South Paulding. Koester was announced as the new head coach of the Spartans this week.
“In the process of looking at jobs that were close to our house, nothing seemed to materialize,’’ Koester said. “I started thinking that I sure am tired walking up and down these stairs in this house. So I opened up the search and decided to relocate to this community. I’m hoping to find a house without so many stairs.’’
Koester replaced Tim Glanton, who started the South Paulding program in 2006. Glanton, who was 29-33 in seven seasons, including 6-4 each of the past three, was hired as an assistant coach at Kennesaw State University.
Koester was 26-27 at South Cobb, including 7-4, 8-4 and 7-3 over his most recent three seasons. South Cobb won its first state playoff game in history in 2011.
Koester said that all but one assistant remained from Glanton’s staff, which ran spring practice.
“It’s a terrific opportunity,’’ Koester said. ‘’Coach Blanton has done a great job of getting the program off the ground. They’ve got nice facilities, a supportive administration and booster club and a crop of really great kids coming through.’’