Tim Estes is the founder and Head Coach of the Americus Travelers 17U Baseball Club. He has spearheaded the programs rise from the recreational level into a nationally recognized, elite level program. Estes has twice been named the National Coach of the Year (2007 and 2013), and has led teams to the National Championship game seven times (2007, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2020 and 2021). His 2007 team won the USSSA 17u Major World Series in Charlotte, North Carolina. In 2020, the team captured the Top Gun Summer Nationals 15U title at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. In 2021, the Americus Travelers 16U squad won the Perfect Game Gulf Coast World Series in Gulf Shores, Alabama.|
Coach Estes had a decorated playing career at Americus High School in Americus, Georgia. He went on to play on scholarship for Hall of Fame Coach Tom Fletcher at Faulkner University in Montgomery, Alabama. His coaching career, in addition to youth baseball, includes two seasons at Sidney Lanier High School, where he worked under legendary coach Bill Granger. He served as a “Bird Dog” scout for the San Francisco Giants organization for two seasons. He has now been the Head Coach and/or Director of Operations for 26 seasons with the Americus Travelers. In the summer of 2021, Coach Estes secured his 500th win with the Travelers, placing him among the nation’s elite travel baseball coaches.
Professionally, Coach Estes has spent his entire professional career in the field of public parks and recreation. He spent four years with the Montgomery (Ala.) Parks and Recreation Department, where he served as the stadium manager of Cramton Bowl and Paterson Field. He has been employed with the Sumter County (Ga.) Parks and Recreation Department since 1994 and has served as the Executive Director since 2008. He is a very active member of the Georgia Recreation and Park Association, where he has served as the State Athletic Committee Chairman. He is slated to become the President of the organization in 2025.
Personally, Coach Estes has been married to his wife Tammie since 1993. They have two grown children: Lexie Estes Wall, who is married to Travelers Assistant Coach, Jarrod Wall, and Ashleigh Estes Ginn, who is married to Travelers Assistant Coach, Aaron Ginn. They have two grandchildren; Brynlee Wall and Karson Ginn. The Estes family attends the Oasis Church of Christ in Ellaville, Georgia, where Estes alternates the preaching duties. He enjoys fishing and an annual vacation in Helen, Georgia.