The arrival of Victor Floyd as football coach for Chester High School put the team on the path to the state championship game. That may be the last game in which Floyd will coach the Cyclones with his announce-ment last week that he is leaving to become coach at Brunswick (Ga.) High School.
Floyd arrived in Chester in 2004 and immediately began a rebuilding process. The Cyclones went 2-9 his first year with the team, 6-5 his second, 7-4 last year and 12-3 last season.
Chester also made it to the Class AAA state championship game this past season, falling to Wilson, 14-12. This was the first time in 44 years the team had advanced to a title game since beating Eau Claire for the 1963 championship.
The Cyclones' success not only raised the spirits of Chester High fans but also got the entire community in on the act. Interest in the team grew, and attendance at games grew with it.
But Floyd demanded more than just a winning performance on the field from his players. He also expected good sportsmanship and good performance in the classroom.
All in all, he presided over a program that brought pride to the school and the community. And it was not easy to walk away from that.
Floyd said last week that the opportunity offered at Brunswick was too good to turn down, and that he owed it to his family to accept. We wish him and his family well in their new home.