The Sedalia School District 200 Board of Education has approved the hiring of Mr. Justin “Jud” Kindle as an in-school suspension officer at Smith-Cotton Junior High School; Mr. Kindle also will serve as head coach of the Smith-Cotton High School baseball team, replacing Jeff Mays, who resigned after the 2013 season.
Mr. Kindle is a Class of 2000 Smith-Cotton graduate and currently serves as coach of the Sedalia Bombers, who play in the M.I.N.K. collegiate baseball league. He received an associate’s degree from Crowder College, in Neosho, in 2002, and a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Missouri State University, in Springfield, in 2006. He also holds a master’s degree in health promotion and wellness management from Missouri State (2010).
Mr. Kindle served as a physical education teacher at Whiteman Elementary in the Knob Noster School District from August 2007 until May.
Smith-Cotton Activities Director Rob Davis said of Mr. Mays, who coached S-C baseball for 21 years: “We will miss him tremendously.”
Mr. Davis said a committee reviewed a number of applicants and decided to name Mr. Kindle, who had played for Mr. Mays and for Coach Ross Dey, as the next S-C baseball coach.
“He’s a baseball man,” Mr. Davis said, “and we look forward to him upholding the tradition of the Smith-Cotton baseball program.” Photo courtesy Sedalia School District 200.