This week, the Sand Creek School Board unanimously approved of naming their varsity football field after their longtime, legendary football coach, Ernie Ayers.
Following the 2016 football season, Mr. Ayers announced his retirement from teaching and from his head football coaching position. Coach Ayers plans to remain as Sand Creek’s head varsity boys track & field coach.
Coach Ayers is currently completing his 41st year of teaching physical education, including the last 38 as Sand Creek’s Head Varsity Football Coach. Over this 38 year head football coaching span, Mr. Ayers has amassed 273 wins, 14 Tri-County Conference titles, 20 playoff appearances, 4 Regional Championships & semi-final appearances and one Class D state finals appearance.
Coach Ayers is a 1971 graduate of Sand Creek HS, and earned his bachelor’s degree at Olivet College.
The proposal to name the Sand Creek football field after Coach Ayers came from many of his former players as well as other community members in the form of a Facebook inquiry. Hundreds of positive statements in regards to the proposal were sent as well as many positive comments for all he did for the students and student-athletes at Sand Creek.
In general, the community of Sand Creek wants to pay homage to a former Sand Creek teacher/coach that has made a significant positive impact on its students for many, many years, school officials said.
While a field naming dedication ceremony date has yet to be scheduled, it will likely take place at a future Sand Creek home football game next fall.
Coach Ayers becomes the third Sand Creek Community Schools employee to have a facility named after them. The previous two Sand Creek facilities named after former teachers and administrators are Ruth McGregor (Ruth McGregor Elementary School) and Don Harlan (Don Harlan Library).