State Fair Community College is recommending two Sedalia natives as head coaches for its soccer and baseball programs pending approval of the Board of Trustees later this month.
Eddie Horn will coach men’s and women’s soccer, both of which will begin play in fall 2016. Jud Kindle will lead the baseball program, set to begin play in spring 2017.
The coaches’ full-time contracts will become effective July 1. They will receive small stipends to cover planning and recruiting until they begin work full-time.
Horn, a 1983 Smith-Cotton High School graduate, has 28 years of soccer coaching experience. He has spent the last 26 years as a teacher and coach in the Jefferson City Public Schools where he was responsible for all aspects of the boys’ and girls’ soccer programs.
He has recorded more than 500 victories in his career at Jefferson City, leading the boys’ team to winning records in 23 of his 26 seasons. He also started the girls’ program and led that team to a third-place finish in the 2014 state Final Four in Class Four.
Horn was inducted into the Missouri State High School Soccer Coaches Association Hall of Fame this January and named Coach of the Year by both the Missouri State High School Soccer Coaches Association and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America in 2014.
Kindle, a 2000 graduate of Smith-Cotton High School, brings a wealth of experience to his position at SFCC. He served as assistant baseball coach at Missouri State University in 2004-05 and as head coach for the Chillicothe Mudcats of the MINK (Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas) league, a collegiate summer league, in 2008.
From 2007-12, Kindle taught elementary Physical Education and served as varsity baseball coach in the Knob Noster School District. He has been head varsity baseball coach at Smith-Cotton High School since 2013.
In 2009, Kindle founded the Sedalia Bombers, a MINK league team, and continues to serve as manager. He has been responsible for recruiting players from colleges throughout the country, securing host families, scheduling games, securing sponsorships to fund the program, and spearheading the Bombers’ community service efforts. In 2011 he opened Kindle Sports Academy, which provides instruction in baseball fundamentals for youth who want to improve their skills.
Athletic Director Darren Pannier has high praise for both coaching candidates.
“Horn’s legacy of soccer in the state and ties to Sedalia are what made him stand out,” Pannier said. “He has great experience with the caliber of players we’re seeking, both in soccer ability and academically, because of his connections in secondary coaching. He’s a professional and well respected in the soccer community.
“Kindle also has strong ties to this community. He started the Bombers, and he has experience recruiting and cultivating a team from the ground up, which will be a huge benefit in starting our program. He has connections with many high schools and colleges in the region that will not only help with recruitment now but also will assist student-athletes who want to continue their playing careers at four-year colleges.”
Pannier said the college has already received about 60 inquiries from prospective players.
The SFCC Board of Trustees voted in December to add baseball, softball and men’s and women’s soccer in the 2016-17 academic year.
All four sports will be played at National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I levels. The baseball team will play at Dey Field at Liberty Baseball Stadium and the softball team will play at Richard Vansell Field in Liberty Park. SFCC’s soccer field will be redeveloped.
Baseball and soccer are not new to the college. SFCC’s baseball program began in spring 1970 and ended in spring 1988. The Residence Hall replaced the baseball field in 1999-2000.
Men’s soccer began as a club program in 1969 and ended in 2001. SFCC suspended the program for the 2002-2003 academic year after an administrative investigation revealed information suggesting player eligibility breaches preceding the 2001 season. The NJCAA then imposed sanctions, which recently were lifted at SFCC’s request.
SFCC has never had softball or women’s soccer programs.