guest

East Prairie, MO

#21 Dec 17, 2008
I'm crying crocodile tears
guest

United States

#22 Dec 18, 2008
Coach Kess and Sarah, I just wanted to say that I really hope you don't let these people on this forum get you down. You are both wonderful people and when I was a part of your family you both were great to me. Don't let people with too much time on there hands and people who love to gossip get to you. Just stay off of this forum and you can always try to get this taken off just contact the website at the bottom of the page. I will keep your family in my prayers.
savannah kesselring

United States

#23 Dec 18, 2008
im sorry but maybe coach kess wanted to spend more time with his family and the stress of being head coach, ateacher,athletic director,and a dad was to much.Coach kess was a good coach and he made the choice he wanted to make it doesnt mean he doesnt want to coach or he wants to let people down i think he made a choice that he wanted to make.
blank

United States

#24 Dec 18, 2008
thanks
blank

United States

#25 Dec 18, 2008
guest wrote:
im sorry but maybe coach kess wanted to spend more time with his family and the stress of being head coach, ateacher,athletic director,and a dad was to much.Coach kess was a good coach and he made the choice he wanted to make it doesnt mean he doesnt want to coach or he wants to let people down i think he made a choice that he wanted to make.
i agree
Mrs H

Cape Girardeau, MO

#26 Dec 18, 2008
Savannah,
Your father did a wonderful job coaching. However, you can never please everyone. Someone always wants to place blame on why something wasn't successful. Just remember, your dad is a wonderful person. He cares about the athletic program at Charleston and everyone who has sense knows it. He has proven that time and time again.

Coach Kess was my teacher when I was in high school. I worked under him when he was an assistant principal at the middle school. Now, he is my collegue. Charleston is lucky to have him! Ignore the negative comments on here or whatever else you are hearing. You know none of it is true. Your father is doing what he feels is right at this time. He will be strong because of his choice...despite what anyone thinks.
savannah kesselring wrote:
im sorry but maybe coach kess wanted to spend more time with his family and the stress of being head coach, ateacher,athletic director,and a dad was to much.Coach kess was a good coach and he made the choice he wanted to make it doesnt mean he doesnt want to coach or he wants to let people down i think he made a choice that he wanted to make.
good man

Saint Louis, MO

#27 Dec 18, 2008
Dan Kesselring is a good man, good coach and he genuinely cares about the kids! I feel fortunate that my son had him for a coach, so does my son! I thank Coach Kess for the training, teaching and efforts he put forth. Thank you Coach Kess!
BlueJay4Life

Jackson, MO

#28 Dec 19, 2008
The only thing Coach Kess can be blamed for is not putting his foot in some asses, and running the lazy, out of shape glory hogs until they puke or quit. But, if he did that half the people on here complaining would have him in jail. Thats why they lose!
Let's remember the coaches that won, and why. Coach Brashers, Coach McFerren etc... Their teams were mostly winning teams. Why? Because back then you worked for a position on a winning team. You ran, and ran, pumped iron then ran some more!! Miss an easy lay up or free throw, Coach Mac busted everybodies ass!! Hell, I was on the baseball team practicing with them in winter and he busted my ass for missing a shot and I wasnt even on the team!!! Coach Brashers might slap your helmet off your head and then curse you for 4 plays. But, they had winning teams. People went to the games and ppl wanted to play for them.
Coach Kess had some good hard working kids on his team, but he also had a bunch of arrogant, lazy, out of shape punks that were too good to work at winning. In 3 years you can count the college level players on scholarships from Charleston on 1 hand.
It's going to take more than a coach and a village to bring our Jays back. Some of it may involve bail money and pardons but it could happen!
And another thing!!! On the coaches side, if a player is being overlooked or passed by, it was most likely because they didnt do anything all year to get noticed. Or, they didnt have enough ambition to learn the plays and are risks on the field.
A coaches job is to try and put together a TEAM with 11 on each side that are alert, prepared mentally and physically, have the grades and want to play. But, most of all he or she has to win. If not they are labeled a sorry coach. Sad!
Coach Kess, do like Coach Mac and Brashers and say the hell with this!! See how the next "Gipper" they hire does with what you had on your plate.
j mom

Saint Louis, MO

#29 Dec 19, 2008
Coach Kess is as good as they come, unlike Blue J for LIfe I certainly CAN NOT agree with with his description of BRASHERS,I hesitate to call the man a coach. He did more damage to our kids than people will ever know.As for Sarah and Savananah we love you and Coach Kess.
BlueJay4Life

Jackson, MO

#30 Dec 20, 2008
Well j mom, by your username I am guessing you never spent 1 hr on the BlueJay football teams. So, like many others on here, put your cent and a half in with no knowledge. Brashears may not have been "Man of the Year" with the parents of the lazy, Too Gooders that couldnt catch a football with a wheel barrel, but he had the RESPECT of most players and had some of the winning seasons under his belt that we havent seen since before the Dumpsey Craft era started the downslide.
Since j mom is such a good judge of coaching skills, our problems should be solved.
As far as Coach Kess, u have to give the man his props for even caring enough to stay with us at all. Because he quit as head coach at C-Town is doubtfully going to black flag him at another school that has a real football program.
Football has always been 2nd in Charleston. We always end up with young, new coaches to head up our Jays. They usually have a young team and are expected to win from the start.
Maybe if the board would, for once, hire some experience and let Kess and them rework this entire program, we could be a threat again.
No money will be the cop out for that though. It's there, but where do you cut? How about nowhere!! If we had a booster club of some sort like Sikeston, we could make alot happen.
what

Saint Louis, MO

#31 Dec 20, 2008
HOW ON EARTH CAN BLUEJAY4LIFE COMPARE TERRY BRASHEARS TO COACH MCFERREN UNDER BRASHEARS CHARLESTON NEVER WON A PLAYOFF GAME AND HIS LAST YEAR IN CHARLESTON HE WENT 2-8 I CAN NOT REMEMBER 1 GAME HE WON WITH LESS TALENT THAN THE OPPONENT PLUS 0-20 WITH CHAFFEE HIS 1984 HAD MORE TALENT THAN ANY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL I HAVE EVER SEEN
AND DID NOT EVEN MAKE THE PLAYOFFS REMEMBER WHO WAS HEAD COACH LAST TIME CHARLESTON WAS 10-0 IN THE REGULAR SEASON KESS REMEMBER WHO WAS HEAD COACH THE ONLY TIME CHARLESTON MADE THE SEMI FINALS KESS
go what

United States

#32 Dec 20, 2008
I could not agree more,what makes sense unlike Blue J for Life. I dont imagine Blue J 4 Life has ever played sports of any kind. He certainly has no knowledge of the facts.
CharlestonDude

Jackson, MO

#33 Dec 20, 2008
No, what, your right, I take the lashing, I actually wasnt comparing Brashears to Mac. I was actally trying to compare, if you read my first entry, they lack of enthusiasm, and heart in the kids now to back then. And also how coach Kess's hands are tied on enforcing disclipine issues the way they used to.
I am in no way trying to bash Kess. I think its a shame to lose him. I stand corrected on the stats, was mad and tipsy.
As for you go what, your very wrong on your accusations. I was a 3 sporter and went on to graduate college in 3.5 years. lol idiot.
guest

Cape Girardeau, MO

#35 Dec 21, 2008
if I had the answer, I could become a zillionaire. not only Charleston, it's a societal thing

television, video games, drug availability, parents not being parents, etc etc etc

just pick your poison
JadeAngel

United States

#36 Feb 2, 2009
I couldn't believe that he resigned that's a bunch of crap he is a great coach and a great teacher!!!!!
blue hogg

Jackson, MO

#37 Mar 4, 2009
i played 4 coach kess he a great coach but i was on the field when we lost that semi-finals game by 1 point in 1996 and that took alot out of him wasn't really the same coach i saw that year my last couple years there but he a great coach and even better person
80s bluejay

Newmanstown, PA

#38 Mar 4, 2009
I played football for coach Kess when he first came to Charleston as a asst. for coach Forest. We had some very good teams, coach kess is a great coach he knows football! I now consider him a friend and good role model for anyone. The year before coach forest and kess took over the program, charleston's record was 0-10. The next three years under Forest and Kess we went 5-5, 7-3, & then they only lost 1 game i think in the state semi-finals. The problem is with the kids of today they have a different attitude than we did. For one thing they just don't go out for football and the enrollment for the school is way down. If u try to push them they quit and there is no one to fill there spot. When I played we had well over 40 kids on the team, if u quit or did not go all out, there where 2 or 3 kids waiting to take your spot. We took pride in practicing hard, playing hard and being one of the hardest hitting teams in the area. If u missed one practice u better be hurt or sick or u where off the team. We practiced sometimes before school always after school and we did 2adays in the summer. It meant something being on the team it was a privledge, the team was your family u where together almost all the time. WE respected our coaches, our peers, and each other. Untill these traits are instilled back in our children by the parents we are going to have trouble.

Since: Feb 09

Cape Girardeau, MO

#39 Mar 4, 2009
Yeah this is Jeff Pendergrass. I know a little bit about football and you cant coach what you dont have. Charleson hasnt had any talent for years. If your gonna complain about something at least have the guts to say who you are. Coach Kess. is one of the best coaches your going to find. If I seen there was no upcoming talent to coach I would resign too. You dumb asses didnt think about that did you. Why coach a team with no talent and keep taking the blame for the loses. If you got a coment for me my email is [email protected] If hes not a good coach why did I go to state 3 years in a row in the shotput why he was my coach.
former player

Jackson, MO

#40 Mar 5, 2009
This last year was sad, Coach Kess is a real good coach and like Jeff said there is no talent. Really there is talent but just without the drive to be a football team. Everyone that thought they was something was suppose to get there position handed to them and they didn't have to work for it. There was a lot of players in the Bluejay Football program but that was it, PLAYERS not a team. Everyone on the field was a coach, a leader in there eyes, not team work like what was needed. I had no respect for the 2008 Football players when I was watching the quarterback take his helmet off and start cussing on the field. Kess would never let that happen back when he was Head Coach last time. Kess knew that was what he was facing this last year. Kess acted like he was forced into something he didn't approve of. Thats why he allowed so much to happen. I'm glad this year East Prairie beat Charleston for the reason that East Prairie had the drive to be a team. Charleston should have learned a lesson from East Prairie but of course if you ask any of the team members of the Bluejay's it was either the lines fought for not blocking for the quarterback. It's always someone else's fought not the teams fought.

Like Blue Hog stated earlier 1996 was a great year but I would have to disagree Kess was the same coach, he still had the drive to make a team like he had. But look at the talent that he seen in 1996, the line was there, the quarterback was there, the back field was there, not to say anything bad about the defense it was one of the toughest around for its time. But the drive went away in the players not the coach. Coach's quit caring about the players like he did. How many coach's had a curfew for his players like coach Kess did. Yea he did cover for some of his players sometimes for there actions but it wasn't because they were good players it was because Kess was a good remodel or a father figure for some of the players.

Also Coach Kess keep your head up and you were one of the best coach's that Charleston has seen, if you would ever get the team that you need we will be dangerous again. You made a comment one time before a long time ago that it takes 4 years to make a good team as a head coach to break old habit's that was taught by someone else. This was only your first year back don't give up, some of your problems left this year. Lets make another team like in 1996 or like it was in 1989 can't forget those years now can we. You would have been dangerous if you had the East Prairie Team this year. There talent and drive was there you didn't loose against them the coach's(Quarterback) on the field did with there attitude.
Guest

Cape Girardeau, MO

#41 Mar 10, 2009
You don't blame your predecessor for your own failure. If Kesselring did that then he is ultimately blaming himself. The 1996 (I believe) team was the most talented Charleston ever put on the field. Say what you want about the undefeated team in the 1940's, but the 1996 team would have had them on the bus headed home before the end of the first quarter. Why was the 1996 team not undefeated? Because Kesslring called boneheaded plays and was unable to adjust to Country Day's halftime adjustments. And when it came time for the nut cutting he went for the tie not the win. I honestly believe that I could have read a few books on high school football and done a better job of coaching that team. Kesselring was the "athletic director" who oversaw the demise of Charleston football.

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