Scott Jester has been named the new Girls Varsity Head Basketball Coach at Salem High School, effective immediately. He brings a tremendous amount of head coaching, playing, and teaching experiences to the Spartans.
“I am excited for the opportunity to be a part of the excellent athletic tradition at Salem High School,” says Jester. “I am looking forward to meeting our players and getting into the gym, so we can get to work for next season.”
Jester comes to Salem after completing 11 seasons as the Boys Varsity Head Basketball Coach at Brookville High School. While in Campbell County, he also coached the JV and middle school teams for a year each. The Salem appointment is his first head coaching job with a girls program.
“I also will be teaching special education at the high school, so both of these will be new chapters for me as a coach and teacher,” he says. “I look forward to reaching students with a variety of learning styles and helping them to achieve their goals, both on the court and in the classroom.”
Jester graduated from Altavista High School in 2002 and played roundball for the perennial Virginia High School League powerhouse under head coach Mike Cartolaro. He then attended Virginia Tech and earned his bachelor’s degree in history. During his time in Blacksburg, he gleaned valuable coaching knowledge from Seth Greenberg, while serving as a student manager for the Hokies program for three seasons.
He also worked as a graduate manager for the Radford University men’s basketball program for one season under Brad Greenberg. Jester is currently working on his master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from RU.
Jester and his wife reside in Salem with their young family. His appointment was formally approved by the Salem School Board on June 8.