South Paulding head coach Edward Koester is recovering from surgery to remove a tumor from his spinal cord and will miss the first two games of the season.
The surgery, which lasted more than five hours Thursday, was needed to remove a two-inch mass at the base of Koester’s neck.
Chuck Stines, the athletics director at South Cobb, where Koester was head coach for five seasons before taking the South Paulding job this year, told GHSF Daily that he visited Koester this week at Emory University Hospital Midtown.
“He seems in good spirits considering the situation,” Stines said.
Koester’s son, Kyle, told the Marietta Daily Journal that Koester hoped to return by South Paulding’s Sept. 20 game against Woodland and that he would require a wheelchair or golf cart to get around and would coach in games from the press box.
Koester led South Cobb to its first state-playoff victory in history in 2011. He also has been a head coach in Oklahoma and Texas.
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