State Fair Community College announced new head coaches for men’s basketball and both soccer programs for the 2017-18 season Tuesday at its Board of Trustees meeting in Sedalia.
Matt Brown, most recently head men’s basketball coach at Wentworth Military Academy, and Jaime Beltran from Jarvis Christian College in Texas were approved at the board’s meeting.
Hired at Jarvis Christian College in 2016, Beltran was head men’s and women’s soccer coach at Ranger College from 2011-2016 and earned NJCAA Division I Region 5 Men’s Soccer Coach of the Year in 2014.
Beltran is accustomed to the challenge of turning around startups. He led the Ranger College men to its first NJCAA Division I National Tournament berth and women to its first winning season.
His one season at Jarvis Christian College was the program’s third overall. Beltran said he wants to build a solid foundation in Sedalia for both State Fair and his family.
“I have little ones who aren’t so little anymore,” Beltran said of his children. “I want some stability for them.”
Beltran also said he is used to coaching two programs at once, a trial he’s faced since 2004, coaching high school in New Mexico and North Carolina.
“It’s not new. Its definitely a challenge when it comes to time management, no matter how long you’ve done it,” Beltran said. “The good thing that comes with it, is games are usually back-to-back — it’s not like I have to be in two places at once.
“I am guaranteed to get along with the other coach.”
Beltran replaces Eddie Horn, who took an assistant men’s coaching job at University of Missouri-Kansas City in March.
Brown comes to the Roadrunners from Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, Missouri. He was hired in July 2016 after a year at Northland Christian School in Kansas City and six seasons and a 64-122 record at UMKC.
Before heading the Kangaroos, Brown coached under John Beilein at West Virginia and Richmond, and with Billy Donovan at Marshall and Florida.
Wentworth Military Academy is shutting its doors in May, but Brown said he was looking at the SFCC position before the announcement in Lexington.
He said his first move — as soon as tomorrow — is to meet with current players.
“The big thing is to assess your needs,” Brown said. “I’ll know a lot more tomorrow once I sit down and figure out how they are as people. I think we’re getting involved with some pretty good kids here.”
With Wentworth his first stint with junior college, Brown said he’s getting used to the difference between institutions.
“The turnover situation is a lot different and the goal is to progress to a 4-year school,” Brown said. “Trying to give these guys achieve that dream is something I think I can help with because I’ve been on both sides.”
Brown replaces Kevin Thomas, who was named head basketball coach at Smith-Cotton High School last month after eight years with the Roadunners. State Fair men’s basketball finished 11-19 last season.
In its first campaign since 2001, State Fair men’s soccer was 4-11-1 while the Lady Roadrunners finished 3-9-2 in its inaugural season.
Alex Agueros can be reached at 660-826-1000, ext. 1483 or on Twitter @abagueros2