Chester football coach Anthony Sterling resigned from his job on Dec. 5, 2014. Football coach Victor Floyd was let go by Brunswick High School in Georgia on Dec. 17, 2014.
It turned out to be perfect timing for Chester.
“I knew I would eventually come back,” said Floyd, who owned a house in Rock Hill while living in Georgia. “I just didn’t know under what circumstances.”
The school district announced Floyd will return to the school where he coached four successful years before leaving for Brunswick in 2008. He went 42-35 and won two region championships in seven years on the coast of Georgia but was let go without much explanation in December.
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That was Chester’s gain.
Chester School District public information officer Brooke Clinton said the district received 45 applications for its football coaching job. Floyd interviewed early last week, and said in a press release Tuesday that he decided to take the job because, “I’ve always felt like I left a job unfinished. I have an opportunity to come back and possibly complete a job. I’m not making any promises, but our goal is a state title. Chester has a lot of potential and talent and I believe this team can compete on a high level, year end and year out.”
Sterling resigned after five years at the Chester helm with a 25-30 record. His best season was 2012 when the Cyclones won Region 3-3A and advanced to the third round of the state playoffs.
Floyd was at Chester from 2004 to 2007, winning 28 games and losing 19. He earned 2007 3A Upper State coach of the year honors after leading the 2007 Cyclones to the Upper State title, before falling in the 3A state title game to Wilson, 14-12. It was Chester’s first title game appearance in 44 years and reinvigorated the community.
“Coach Floyd instilled confidence in our young men and put a lot of them on the right track,” the Rev. Lenard Price told The Herald in 2008. “I don’t think everybody realizes the magnitude of the influence he had on those young men’s lives.”
Floyd also was the coach for three seasons at C.A. Johnson from 1998 to 2000, and Dudley in Greensboro, N.C., from 2001 to 2003. In Floyd’s last year at Chester, he helped nine football players into the college football ranks.
“Coach Floyd is a perfect fit for Chester High School,” said Chester principal Martie Tiller. “I really like his plan to move Cyclone football forward. I like his plan for academic success for his players, and I like his views on team discipline and training.”
Floyd and his wife Yolanda will return to the area with their children, 14-year-old Victoria and 7-year old Victor Jr. (Trooper), in tow. Floyd is a native of Nichols. He is a certified teacher with degrees from North Carolina A&T State and the United States Sports Academy.
Floyd said he’ll begin assembling a coaching staff soon. He starts his second stint at the Chester helm on July 1.
“I just feel like the community is yearning for a champion and it would be a good time to go back,” he said.