Openings still to be filled for girls basketball and softball

by: ESTACADA NEWS: PARKER LEE - Football coach Andy Mott watches action from the sideline during Saturdays intrasquad scrimmage. There will be several new faces on the sidelines at Estacada High this year. The Rangers will have five new head coaches during the 2013-14 year, three of which begin this week.

Estacada opens its football season on Friday against Taft, and first-year head coach Andy Mott will be the guy to lead the team. On the soccer field, Heidi Hunt has taken over the girls’ squad and will make her head-coaching debut on September 10. As the cheerleaders root on all the fall teams, they will be directed by new coach Ashley Carroll.

The thing each of the new coaches has in common is their excitement about the student-athletes they get to work with.

“We have a strong group of returners that we can build around, but we also have a good group of younger guys who will be able to help us,” Mott said. “It will be fun to see what they can accomplish.”

Hunt’s feelings about her team mirrored Mott’s impressions of his crew.

“They are a fantastic group that is fun to work with, and that this community can be very proud of. This was demonstrated a few weeks ago when, as a team, they did a fantastic job coaching the Estacada youth soccer camp,” Hunt said. “Their sense of team, and their excitement for life, is contagious. Each player contributes their own unique personality and talents, and it is an honor for me to be surrounded by such a great group of girls. I am excited to see them grow as a team and individuals as they reach to fulfill their goals.”

“Head coach” is a new title for Hunt, but she is no stranger to coaching the girls that don the Estacada logo on their jerseys. She coached the junior varsity team last season and has coached the class of incoming freshman since they were in third grade.

“Knowing many of these girls on a deeper level has definitely helped in getting things off to a good start,” Hunt said.

Hunt brings a wealth of soccer experience, both as a player and a coach, to a program that desperately wants to turn into a contender. She played for the Damascus Christian boys’ team, and a club team, while in high school. Hunt moved on to play for two years at Western Baptist College, now Corban University.

As a coach, Hunt has 16 years of experience at the youth recreational and club levels. She has coached within high school programs for six years.

Like the other new coaches at Estacada, Hunt’s aim to emphasize the basics while creating an enjoyable atmosphere.

“I am focusing on fundamentals with the team. We play in a very competitive league, against teams with very solid players. We are focusing on the basics of soccer, and having fun while doing it,” Hunt said. “I am hoping by the end of the season that each player has learned more about playing the game of soccer, more about being part of a team and more about how to be a contributing part of our Estacada community.”

Aside from Mott, Hunt and Carroll, Estacada will be hiring new head coaches for the girls’ basketball and softball teams after the school year begins.

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