Heading for a Home-run as Principal: The End of An Era

April 12, 2022

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Christian Overstreet batting to his baseball players at practice on 3/9/2021, photo credit of FG Newspaper staff.

Head baseball coach, Assistant Principal, and Athletic Director of Fair Grove High School, Christian Overstreet, is opening a new chapter this upcoming year. 

After leading the baseball team for 10 years, Overstreet’s coaching career for Fair Grove will come to a close at the end of this school year.

Overstreet elaborated on some of the high points of this ten year coaching career, “Winning a district championship and making it to the state quarterfinal game in 2013 was an amazing experience. I have loved the challenges each year brings and I am very thankful for all of the players I have, along with coaches and assistant coaches who have worked under me.”

Overstreet isn’t the only one reminiscing on previous baseball seasons though. Senior, Kyle Fritts (12), emphasized his gratitude towards his coach, “These seasons, we have really worked on focus and our 3 non negotiables. Energy, Effort, and Communication. Coach has really challenged me with my swing and perfecting it. I know my freshmen year I was really just a role player. He really pushed me to be the best I could possibly be.” 

With Overstreet still here for this season, he is looking forward to seeing where this season will take them, “I really enjoy our team this year. We have the greatest team chemistry and our players want to win. They are a very tight-knit group and that makes it very fun to coach.”

Next year’s head baseball coach will be William Reed, who is currently the assistant coach at Kickapoo High School. 

The last chapter to close this year will be the role of Assistant Principal and Athletic Director. Overstreet has served seven years on the administration team and will be continuing in this field with the promotion to Fair Grove’s Head Principal.

He reflected on the accomplishments thus far, “Fair Grove has a strong tradition of academic and athletic excellence. These traditions started many years ago before I even got to Fair Grove. The standard has been set very high and I did my best to build upon the standard and set the baseball and athletic programs up for success in the future. I feel I accomplished this goal.”

Overstreet has plans to continue Fair Groves reputation both academically and socially. “I look forward to working with our teachers and students in a different capacity next year. As the instructional leader, I will be more involved in teachers’ classrooms and find out ways to better support them and our students from an academic standpoint. I am also excited about building upon the strong school spirit we have and working to continue to get as many students involved in everything we have to offer as a school. I also look forward to building on the strong culture we have at FGHS. We have the best teachers and students around who understand the expectations we have academically and in all of our extracurricular. I look forward to working with everyone to continue to make FGHS, FGHS.” 

 

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