Smith-Cotton will have two new coaches during the 2015-16 school year.
The Sedalia School District 200 Board of Education on Monday approved Charlie McFail to become the Tigers’ new wrestling coach and Christine Ross to take over the Lady Tigers tennis program.
McFail replaces Joel Sherman who stepped down from coaching following the 2014-15 season. McFail was an assistant coach on Sherman’s staff and is also an assistant coach on Ryan Boyer’s football coaching staff.
A Missouri Valley and Lindenwood graduate, McFail teaches physical education at Smith-Cotton Junior High.
For Ross, the new job is a homecoming. She was once a member of the S-C tennis team.
“It’s very exciting,” she said. “I’m excited to be a part of a program that I played in.”
Ross is a sixth grade science teacher in the district and has coached eighth grade girls basketball. She said getting younger kids involved and interested in tennis is vital to the future of the Lady Tigers. To help get that process started, Ross is hosting a camp for boys and girls tennis players at the Liberty Park courts July 6-9.
“I hope that tennis in general will gain momentum again in this town,” she said. “It’s kind of fallen by the wayside and I just hope that I can bring that back to the community, to the youth, and that will filter up to the high school program as well.”
McFail is also using the summer to get started. He is offering open mats for wrestlers at 5:30 p.m. Thursday and July 2 in the S-C wrestling room.