Role reversal in coaching family: Daughter takes Old Town field hockey job, dad will assist

By Larry Mahoney, BDN Staff
Posted Aug. 09, 2012, at 6:52 p.m.

OLD TOWN, Maine — Sarah Estes, who assisted her father with the Brewer High School girls softball team last spring, has been named the field hockey coach at Old Town High School and her father, Skip, will assist her this fall.

“It’ll be kind of a role reversal,” said Sarah Estes. “I was his assistant in the spring and now I’ll be the boss. It’ll be fun.

“We work well together. I’ll get a lot of advice from him,” said the 23-year-old Thomas College graduate, who coaches in Brewer’s ASA summer softball program.

“It’s going to be fun. There won’t be any pressure on me because I’m not the head coach,” quipped Skip Estes.

He feels his daughter will be a “fantastic” coach.

“She’s great with the girls,” said Estes. “There’s a little old-school in her. She’s very driven and very organized.”

Sarah Estes will be the fourth coach in four years at Old Town.

She is replacing Lynsey Seymour, who moved away.

The Coyotes went 3-9-2 under Seymour last season.

They were 3-10-1 in 2010, 1-13 in 2009 and 7-6-1 in 2008.

Sarah Estes played four years of field hockey and softball at Thomas after playing both sports at Brewer High School. She also played two years of basketball at Brewer High.

She was a two-time All-Penobscot Valley Conference field hockey player despite playing on losing teams.

“I’m really excited about it,” said Sarah who has already met her players and has been impressed with them.

“They’re a really talented group. They’re very dedicated and they seem like a really good group of girls,” said Estes noting that they have been playing field hockey on Friday nights this summer.

They will begin two-a-day workouts next week.

“I’m really hoping to build a program and bond with the girls,” said Sarah Estes. “Starting off with two-a-days is important.

“But I also want to do some fun things. Field hockey is such a short season that it’s important to do some fun things [outside of soccer] along with working really hard on the field,” said Estes.

She said she anticipates having a good core groups of juniors who have played together since sixth grade but won’t devise a style of play until she finds out what strengths they have.

“Then we’ll go from there,” said Estes.

She said she has a diverse group of all-around athletes who play other sports, including a few players who play for the prestigious Maine Majestix program based in Waterville.

Sarah Estes earned a degree in elementary education from Thomas last December and is currently looking for a teaching job.

She will be assisting her father again next spring with the Brewer softball team.

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