Will Hester resigns as Florence Falcons head football coach

Florence, AL – After three seasons at the helm of the Florence High School football program head coach Will Hester is stepping aside.  

The Brentwood, Tennessee native is returning to suburban Nashville to take the reigns of Williamson County’s Ravenwood High School.  Hester previously served as the head coach at Ravenwood, before coming to Florence, leading the Raptors to a 38-4 record including a Tennessee 6A state championship in 2015.  

Hester lead the Falcons to a combined 17-16 record including a 13-8 mark in region play and a pair of playoff appearances since taking over the 7A program in 2018.   

With great hesitation, Florence City Schools (FCS) Athletic Director Byron Graham accepted the resignation of Florence High School Head Football Coach Will Hester on Friday, December 11, 2020.  Florence City Schools is grateful to Coach Hester for his time and dedication to the Florence Athletic Program, FCS, and the entire Florence community. We are a family in Florence City Schools, and we support coaches making decisions based on family. Therefore, we wish Coach Hester and his family the best in all their future endeavors. Moving forward, we will start the search process for a new head football coach. Our goal is to remain committed to finding the best fit to join our school system to lead our young men in the football program.  – Florence Athtletics said in a release.
Florence closed out 2020 at 4-5, with two forfeit losses and a forfeit win due to COVID-19 cancellations. Hester’s best season in the Quad Cities came in 2019 when the Falcons went 7-5, losing to Class 7A state champion Thompson 38-31 in the second round of the AHSAA playoffs.
Hester’s career record currently stands at 57-50.