Clover High School’s Carroll Hester has been named Athletic Director of the Year by the South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association.
Hester received the award during the organization’s convention July 28-30 in Greenville.
Clover High School Principal Mark Hopkins lauded Hester for his loyalty and dedication to the school’s athletic department.
“Carroll’s been at Clover High School for 20 years,” said Hopkins from his office Monday. “We coached together in previous years.”
Hopkins commended Hester for the way he embraces the responsibilities associated with the title of athletic director at a large 4A school.
“He does a great job in his role of athletic director,” Hopkins said. “A lot of people do not realize how big the job is. There are 37 athletic teams at Clover High School.”
Hopkins said one of Hester’s assets is his personality.
“Carroll is a great person and that makes him a great athletic director. He knows his job and has the people skills to get things done.”
Blue Eagle head football coach Chad Smith was in attendance when Hester was honored at the convention.
“Carroll is very deserving of such recognition,” said Smith following Monday’s Blue Eagle practice. “He is a great athletic director and it is a pleasure to know him.”
It is Hester’s second time to receive Athletic Director of the Year recognition. He previously was recognized by the South Carolina Athletic Directors Association.
“The award reflects the leadership of this community, the coaches, athletes, the administration at the high school and district level, the fans and maintenance department personnel for their contributions to the athletic department,” Hester said.
“The Clover School District is a very special place from the bottom to the top.”