The Kapaun Mount Carmel girls basketball team never needed to be motivated by coach Marvin Estes screaming at them.
“He didn’t need to yell at us or stomp his feet or slam his clipboard,” senior Sydney Kuhn said. “He knows what to say and how to motivate you. He knows how to pull at your heartstrings … so you wanted to do well for you, your teammates and him.”
After three seasons and a Class 5A title, Marvin Estes has resigned as Kapaun’s coach. He cited the health of his wife, Wendy, as well as his age for resigning.
“I’m 70 years old,” Estes said. “I’m getting a little bit on. There’s nothing, absolutely nothing, wrong with that program. It’s a dream to be involved with those kids and to be that supported.”
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Estes was 63-12 in the past three seasons, winning the 2012 5A championship, finishing fourth in 2013 and third on Saturday. In his previous stint at Kapaun he finished third twice and won the 1979 title with a 24-0 record.
Estes was The Eagle’s All-State coach of the year in 2012, and was named the City League coach of the year for the 2013-14 season.
“I really have no complaints,” Estes said. “Nothing negative’s happened. It’s just, you have to realize when it’s time to go. I just reached that point.”
Estes will continue as a teacher and girls track coach at Kapaun.