The Freed-Hardeman University Athletic Department announced Wednesday that FHU Head Baseball Coach Jonathan Estes would be expanding his role within the department to serve as Assistant Athletic Director in addition to his head coaching duties with the baseball program.
In his expanded role, Estes will assist in the fundraising efforts while helping manage the day-to-day operations of the department, which include the scholarship process for current and prospective athletes.
Throughout his nine-year career with the FHU Baseball program, Estes has posted a 324-184-1 record and has led the Lions to conference titles in 2012 and 2015 along with an AMC Tournament title in 2018. The Lions have also been ranked in the NAIA Top 25 in each of the past seven seasons under his leadership.
In his ninth season with the FHU Baseball program in 2018, Estes led the Lions to one of the best seasons in program history, where they posted an impressive 47-16 record while finishing as the National Runner-Up in the NAIA World Series.
Mike McCutchen, Athletic Director at Freed-Hardeman, said he is excited about Estes taking on additional responsibilities within the Athletic Department.
“Coach Estes is a proven leader who understands the place and purpose of athletics and how we can contribute to the university’s mission,” said McCutchen. “He is committed to excellence and understands what it takes to be successful on and off the court and playing field. Above all, he is committed to helping our student-athletes grow spiritually during their careers. It will be great to have him as a part of our administrative team,”
FHU President David Shannon said the expanded role for Estes will not only benefit the Athletic Department, but the university as a whole.
“Jonathan is a strong leader and a man of faith, integrity, and compassion,” said Shannon. “For nine years he has been a great representative of FHU on and off the field. Athletes and coaches respect him. In challenging times, he steps up with solutions. In times of success, he steps back for others to receive the credit. His influence combined with his athletic success as both a player and a coach make him an ideal choice for Assistant Athletic Director at FHU.”
Estes said he looks forward to working with the great staff within the FHU Athletic Department while hopefully bringing a fresh perspective.
“I am excited about the opportunity to serve the University as Assistant Athletic Director,” he said. “I love Freed-Hardeman University, the student-athletes and the outstanding coaches we have in the athletic department. This will give me the opportunity to work more closely with them, in addition to my continued responsibilities with the baseball team. I am thankful for President Shannon and Mike McCutchen for extending this opportunity to me. Mike has been a great mentor to me over the past nine years, and I am looking forward to working closely with him and continuing to draw from his experience and the experience of the other outstanding coaches we have in the athletic department. Hopefully, I will be able to bring some fresh perspectives and energy to the table and look for opportunities to support each of our coaches, support staff and the wonderful student-athletes we have at FHU.”
Estes holds a degree in Marketing from FHU and a Masters of Teaching degree from Lindenwood University. He is married to his wife Ashley and they have two sons, Dean and Lane, and a daughter, Ellie. He will begin his expanded role within the Athletic Department immediately.
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