Two New Head Coaches Announced for the Hoffman Estates High School Hawks

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Mike Koester was named head girls basketball coach at Hoffman Estates High School.

Mike Koester was named head girls basketball coach at Hoffman Estates High School.

Mike Koester has been named head girls basketball coach and Kirk Macnider has been named head girls track & field coach at Hoffman Estates High School.  Koester replaces Mike Nocella at the helm of the girls basketball program, and Macnider assumes direction of the girls track & field for Dan Anderson.

Koester has taught science teach and been an assistant varsity girls basketball coach and the head sophomore girls basketball coach at McHenry East (campus) High School for the past eight years.  He also has served as an assistant varsity football coach at the school from 2006-2012, working on the defensive side of the ball.  He was the head freshmen football coach from 2009-2011, and the head sophomore football coach in 2012.  Prior to coming to McHenry in 2006, Koester worked at Lincoln (Ill.) Community High School from 2004-2006, teaching honors science classes and coaching football and swimming.

Kirk Macnider was named head girls track & field coach at Hoffman Estates High School.

Kirk Macnider was named head girls track & field coach at Hoffman Estates High School.

“We’re thrilled to have Coach Koester taking over our girls basketball program,” commented Principal Jim Britton.  “He relates well with student-athletes and parents.  His enthusiasm and energy are unmatched, and his previous coaching experiences make him a perfect fit for this job.”

Koester graduated from Carthage College (Kenosha, Wis.) with a bachelor’s degree in biology in 2003, playing on the school’s football team from 1999-2001.  He earned a master’s degree in teacher leadership from Carthage College in 2010, and is currently completing work on his second master’s degree in educational administration and leadership from St. Xavier (Chicago).

“Mike is an extremely hard worker in the athletic arena and in the classroom,” said Athletic Director Steve Lacni.  “His student-centered approach will pay dividends, and his knowledge and great depth of experience has already had a successful impact on the program.  His tireless work ethic and dedication will undoubtedly move the girls basketball program at Hoffman Estates High School onward and upward.”

Macnider, a Schaumburg High School graduate, has taught English at Hoffman Estates High School since beginning his teaching career in 2003, and has been an assistant girls track & field coach and the Hawks’ head girls cross country coach since 2004.  As an assistant girls varsity track & field coach, all HEHS school distance records have been broken since he entered the coaching ranks in 2004, and he has coached student-athletes at the IHSA state meeting in nine of the past 10 years.  As head cross country coach, his 2007 girls cross country squad was Mid-Suburban League champions, and his 2007 and 2011 teams were IHSA regional champions.  He has coached IHSA team state qualifiers in 2008, 2009, 2011, and 2013, and more than 20 of his student-athletes have gone on to run at the collegiate level.

“Kirk is known for his commitment and enthusiasm not only for coaching and the sport, but for the kids as well,” said Britton.  “He has played a major role in the success of the cross country and track and field programs at Hoffman Estates High School.  We’re extremely happy with the direction of the programs, and Kirk is definitely the guy to keep them moving in the right direction.”

Macnider attended the University of Illinois-Chicago on a cross country and track scholarship, graduating with a bachelor’s degree and teacher certification in secondary English education from North Central College (Naperville, Ill.) in 2002.

“Kirk’s high expectations and standards for leading his cross country team will definitely translate as he takes over the girls track and field program,” said Lacni.  “Kirk is cut from a fine cross country and track and field pedigree.  As a teacher and coach, he is extremely focused, goal driven, and results oriented.  His energy and enthusiasm will continue to move the fine tradition of Hoffman Estates High School track and field in a successful direction.”