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Esterak steps down as Woodridge head girls basketball coach

by Steve Batko | Correspondent Published: October 2, 2016 12:00 AM

Chris Esterak resigned as the head girls basketball coach at Woodridge High after nine seasons.

Esterak stepped down from his post Sept. 21 as he surpassed the 100-victory mark in nine seasons with the Bulldogs program. Woodridge was 12-11 last season.

"Today, I resigned as head varsity girls basketball coach at Woodridge," he said.

"It has been a privilege to been able to work with such great players and coaches the last 9 years," added Esterak. "I have been blessed to finish my 9-year career at Woodridge as the winningest coach (100-96) and had many winning seasons."

Woodridge officials are now searching for a head coach. Interested applicants should apply at phl.applitrack.com/woodridgelocal/onlineapp. According to Woodridge athletic director Nick Mayer, prior high school head coaching experience is preferred. Hiring will be contingent upon receiving all state of Ohio coaching certifications prior to official duties beginning.

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Esterak was very thankful and appreciative as he looks back at the relationships that were forged on and off the courts.

"I was blessed to have the opportunity to coach such great young ladies and be part of the Woodridge community," he said. "I appreciate the support the Board of Education, Superintendent Davis and the Woodridge Administration, parents and community, plus the Falls News has given me throughout the years."

In the 2011-2012 campaign, Esterak coached the school's only undefeated season.

"That [undefeated] team finished with a school record 22-1 record, and was conference and sectional champions," said Esterak. "I have been blessed to coach some many quality young ladies throughout my nine years at Woodridge."

Esterak mentioned a few of those top players

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"I have had the privilege to coach the schools' all-time leading scorer [forward Morgan Korinek], the school's all-time leading foul shooter and top scoring guard [daughter Abbe Esterak], the all-time assists and steals leader [She'Kiera Brooks] and all-time blocked shots leader [Lizzie Wilkinson]."

In addition, Esterak helped lead three 1,000 point scorers at Woodridge in Korinek, Wilkinson, and Abbe Esterak.

"I was also honored to have some of my Woodridge alumni basketball players come back and coach with me," he said.

"I would like to thank Heather Ackerman, Megan Fay, and my longest tenured assistant coach Gessica Flasco," said Esterak. "I would like to thank all of the players for their time and dedication throughout the past nine years."

Esterak also had thanks to scorekeeper Jerry Fisher.

As a teacher at Brunswick's Visintainer Middle School, Esterak also coaches young athletes. He is a veteran football coach and is the 7thgrade Brunswick South football coach as well as the 7th and 8th grade Brunswick South Track coach.

Coaching will not stop for Esterak, who was also thankful to the officials at Woodridge.

"I would also like to thank Chris Sieber for hiring me 9 years ago," he said.

"Don Ross was my Athletic Director for two years before he retired and thanks to Don for always making a minute stop in the office into a life experience," he added. "I appreciate the time and insight you gave me about kids, education, coaching and life."

"Thanks also to Jill Sissler and Nick Mayer and all of the administrators at Woodridge High for the opportunity, and Mr. Davis for all of his support

Esterak also wanted to thank the families of his players as well.

"Thank you also to the many wonderful families that I met throughout the years and to the Flasco family for all of their time to the program and support."

As an 18-year veteran of being a middle school football coach and a track and field coach for 14 seasons, Esterak will remain active.

"I plan on still coaching," he said. "I have always been involved in all of my kids sports throughout the years and plan on continuing my coaching career."

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