News of basketball coach Johnny Estelle’s departure Tuesday afternoon to The University of Houston prompted a flood of reactions via social media, especially from supportive friends and coaching colleagues who use Twitter. Here are some of the re-tweeted responses:
Navarro Director of Admissions/Registrar David Edwards: “Johnny Estelle is one of the classiest guys I know. Character, commitment, and loyalty. Hate to see him go but so proud for him.”
Current Central Oklahoma football coach Nick Bobeck: “Proud of my friend Johnny Estelle. New assistant basketball coach at the University of Houston.”
Corsicana High School Principal Herbert O’Neil: “Hate to see Johnny Estelle leave Corsicana! Great guy with a great family! Tough loss for our community! Great new gig though!
TVCC Sports: “Best wishes to Johnny Estelle at UH. Navarro and Region XIV is losing a great coach and a classy guy — very classy. Good luck, Johnny.”
East Texas Sports Writer Brandon Ogden: “Just gained another reason to root for U of H basketball. Big fan of Johnny Estelle.”
FROM COACHING COLLEAGUES:
Angelina Coach Todd Neighbors: “Johnny Estelle is one of the best coaches in the country at any level. His teams play with a passion and pride every coach respects!”
Jacksonville Coach Jody Bailey: “Coach Estelle has been a true friend and incredible competitor that I will miss this season. His teams were the very best @ pressure defense.”
Paris Coach Chuck Taylor: “Region 14 lost a big time coach today in Johnny Estelle. Region 14′s loss is the University of Houston’s gain. Good luck coach, proud of you.”
Former Texas Wesleyan Coach and Navarro College Assistant Terry Waldrop: “Congrats to Johnny Estelle on the new hoops job. Sky is the limit! Another Navarro/Coach Orr guy excelling. Proud of my roots and NC family.”
Former Baton Rouge Assistant Bobby Sibley: “Never would have thought coach Estelle would leave Navarro College. Coach Lewis Orr, Buzz Williams and Coach Estelle are Navarro College….Coach Estelle taught me so much while working for him at Navarro, and I am extremely happy to know that he is heading to a great program….Coach Estelle was the best coach I’ve ever been around besides Coach Lewis Orr. Offensively & defensively his teams play hard! Good Luck Coach….
And these Tweets from Marquette Head Coach Buzz Williams: “….I was lucky to be able to mop the floor. Coach Orr is in the NJCAA Hall of Fame, and Johnny went to Hutch 2X in his tenure.”
Then, Buzz quickly realized his error, and tweeted again:
“3X….That’s why I was lucky to even be admitted to Navarro. I can’t even count?!?!”