Harry Hester, head coach at Cherryvale High School, will be the head coach of the east squad for the 2015 Kansas Shrine Bowl in Hays, Kansas on July 25th. Hester has a 60-56 record at both Cherryvale (2008-present) and McLouth (2003-2007). We caught up with him below.
How long have you been involved in coaching?
What does it mean to you to be selected as the East head coach?
Very humbling to be chosen by last years staff and a great honor.
How long have u been involved with the Shrine Bowl?
Last year as an assistant. The first player I coached that played in it Was Jon Hooper in 2000. I was his position coach at Cherryvale as an assistant.
How does this years team look on paper?
Very diverse and athletic. WE have a good combo of size and speed.
What should people expect out of your team this year in Hays?
That we will compete and play hard every snap while having fun.
What has the process been like all year of getting all the teams finalized and selected?
It's tricky as you are trying to fill positions. When replacements happen you try to select the best player but you have to have your positions filled. The East nominations at linebacker very deep and talented with some good ones still not on the team.
Desribe how the Shrine Bowl is so much more than a game?
You just have to come to the patient visit day and that really puts it into perspective. The kids are amazing the so are the Shriners. What these kids can do despite their circumstances is insprireing. What the Shriners do behind the scenes to help kids and their families while wanting no credit is admirable to say the least.
To someone who has never attended a Shrine Bowl, why should they check out this game?
#1 for the kids #2 it is the best of the best of Kansas high school football. #3 I always look at it as the kick off of high school football in Kansas with teh season just right around the corner.
What is it like to coach and teach at Cherryvale?
It is a great school system that has a kids first mentality. Cherryvale is a football community with passionate fans and alumni. The 1975 state championship game was played on our field against Beloit with our Superintendent playing in the game for Cherryvale.
What should your players be ready for in practice?
Working hard while having fun and enjoying the experience and accepting their roles on the team.
What offensive style and defensive style will you bring to this years game?
We will run spread offense and 4-3 on defense.