Chester head football coach Anthony Sterling resigned Wednesday.
Sterling, who joined the school’s coaching staff as a defensive coordinator and secondary coach under Maurice Flowers in 2007, took the head job in 2010 when Flowers departed. Sterling produced a 25-30 record during his five seasons at the helm, winning the Region 3-3A title in 2012.
“It was unexpected, but I understand where he’s coming from,” said Chester athletic director Ricky Campbell, who has coached football with Sterling since 2007.
Sterling’s announcement on Wednesday came about a month after Chester finished its 2014 season with a 2-8 record. The Cyclones were 2-3 entering Region 3-3A play, but lost all five of their remaining games.
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“He told the guys he was gonna move on,” said Campbell.
Sterling plans to stick around and host any college recruiters that come through, so that he can help this year’s seniors get to college. The former Independence High School and N.C. Central offensive lineman told the Chester News and Reporter that he had a gig lined up in “the southwest” but couldn’t offer any more details. Campbell said Sterling could absolutely finish out the school year teaching special education at Chester, if he desired.
“We’re gonna miss him,” said Campbell. “He’s a good fellow. He did a good job, I enjoyed working with him and we had some good times.”
Campbell said he view Sterling as “a brother,” and that he hasn’t fully considered the football program’s next move. He plans to meet with Chester principal Martin Tiller next week. The head football coaching vacancy was scheduled to be listed on the South Carolina High School League and Chester County school system websites by the end of Friday.
Campbell did say that the goal was to hire a new coach before spring practice starts.
“We’ve got some time to do that,” he said.