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Forester thrilled with Pisgah opportunity
by Chase Wallace
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February 06, 2013 12:05 AM | 2584 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Special -- Mount Pisgah football coach Mike Forester
Special -- Mount Pisgah football coach Mike Forester
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After 20 years as an assistant coach and defensive coordinator, Mike Forester is stepping to the head of a football program for the first time.

Following the resignation of previous Mount Pisgah football coach Doug Dixon, Forester was promoted to the head position last week.

“I’m really excited to have this opportunity,” said Forester, who served as the Patriots’ defensive coordinator last season. “Having enjoyed my first year here as an assistant I had the opportunity to see how special this place is, see how special the kids are here and see the potential that this program has.”

Dixon, who resigned from his post earlier this month, spent six years as the Patriots’ head coach, going 29-32 overall and leading Pisgah through their infancy as a GHSA football program. A year ago his team went 6-5 overall and qualified for the GHSA state playoffs for the first time in school history.

Forester said he hopes to build on the foundation Dixon laid at Pisgah and continue growing the program towards being a state championship contender.

“I am grateful for the contributions that Doug made here because we truly are in great shape. The things are in place for us to really move to the next level of football and reach this program’s full potential.

“That full potential is what motivates me, because I know this is a place with the full commitment to being a total school with an emphasis on being the best in academics and athletics.”

Forester, a three-year letter winner as a defensive end at Ole Miss, went on to compare Pisgah to Briarwood Christian in Alabama, a private school in Birmingham that he spent 19 years at as a defensive coordinator under legendary head coach Fred Yancey.

He said the football programs had striking similarities in their youth and he hopes Pisgah could work its way towards being the powerhouse that Briarwood has become over the last two decades — winning 13 region championships, three state championships (1998, 1999, 2003) and two state runner-up finishes (2007, 2010) during his tenure as defensive coordinator.

“We grew [Briarwood] from a small private-school to a state power and we hope what we saw happen there can happen here.

“We’re going to keep building [Pisgah] into that total program. Work on improving out speed, condition and weight training right away, then build off the excitement of last season’s success.”

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