Posted by: newperspectives85 | August 15, 2013

Coach Stoots steps down as Matoaca Baseball Coach, becomes Dean of Students at Chesterfield Comm. High School

Stoots steps down as Matoaca baseball coach, becomes Dean of Students at Chesterfield Community HS

Published: August 14, 2013

CHESTERFIELD – For Fred Stoots, it was hard to say goodbye to Matoaca High School on many different levels.

Not only was Stoots a Health and Physical Education teacher that started a program called Success which he taught, he was also known as ‘Coach’.

Over the past 11 years, Stoots became one of the most successful high school baseball coaches in the Central Region if not state.

He amassed 165 wins and helped guide over 40 players to play baseball at the collegiate level.

But about three weeks ago, it was time for Stoots to move on and follow his own advice that he always given his students and players.

“I can’t go back on what I’ve told them in that if you aren’t moving forward to make yourself better, you are moving backward,” Stoots said. “I wanted to do something to better myself professionally.”

That opportunity came when Stoots accepted a position to become the next Dean of Students at Chesterfield Community High School in Chesterfield.

“It happened really fast but it seemed like a very good fit for me. I have great respect for the principal in Dr.[Kenneth] Butta who I think is doing a lot of great things there and I wanted to be a part of it,” Stoots said.

Stoots will be in charge of grades 9-12 at Chesterfield Community where he will be in charge of student discipline and various other responsibilities.

“It just felt right for me. I knew that after I finished my second masters in Administration Supervision as well having a first masters in Sports Leadership from VCU that it would only be a matter of time before I would start looking for other jobs,” Stoots said. “I knew that this would be a great fit for me. There a lot of changes being made at the school and I wanted to be a part of it.”

While it was tough to leave Matoaca where Stoots had gained success not only as a teacher and a coach, he had the support of many of his collagues.

During his 14 years at Matoaca, Stoots was voted Teacher of the Year, won two regular season Central District titles, won six Central District tournaments, made the Central Region tournament eight of the 11 years he served as head coach and was the assistant/offensive coordinator for the football team under Pat Manuel.

“It was probably one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make because you build so many great relationships with your coaches and players, it’s going to be hard not being around them,” Stoots said. “But I will be there supporting them in any way I can. I think that they understand that just like we wanted our students and players to be successful that we want success for each other as well. In life you always have to keep pushing forward.”



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