Lonnie Estes has been coaching track and field for over 8 years. His track career began in Florida as the head coach at New Smyrna Beach High School. During his time in Florida Coach Estes worked with both sprinters and jumpers. His success as a coach was being able to see each athlete for who they are, the position they are running in order to build on their strengths.
Focusing on developing the athlete (sprinters) Coach Estes focused on the phases of sprinting: the start, the acceleration, the transition, building maximum speed, maintenance and the stride to the finish. With the jumpers Coach Estes focused on the key components jumper needs to succeed such as training on the acceleration to maximum speed and transitioning into the takeoff in order to land the jump successfully. Being able to see each of his athletes as individuals, and teaching technique has been his triumph as a coach.
Coach Estes has been Milton High School’s Boys Track and Field Head Coach for the past 6 years. In 2009 his boys’ team won their first region championship in 50 years against some of the top teams in North Fulton and Cobb County. Since the 2009 season, his teams have been very competitive, sending multiple athletes (boys and girls) to state each year in his area of training both short and mid-sprinters in addition to horizontal/ vertical jumpers.
In 2013 Milton’s girls track team lead by the girls’s head coach where co-region champions; many of the sprinters were trained and coached by Coach Estes. Several of his sprinters were in the top three spots and went on to compete in state.
Coach Estes has brought a variety of new training methods that has catapulted the performances of the athletes he trains leading to multiple school records being broken since his hiring at Milton High School. Lonnie Estes is a year round coach (varsity defensive back coach) that is dedicated to the success of his students, his athletes and Milton High School Community. He is a mentor, a coach, and a teacher that positively influences the students and the athletes he come in contact with.
His coaching philosophy is, “If you come to practice every day, ready and willing to compete, you will get better at your event. It is my job as a coach to put you in the best events that allow you to grow as an athlete. Accept the challenge and enjoy the ride!”