MITCHELL — With the approval of the Mitchell Community Schools Board of Trustees, Mitchell High School’s varsity football team has a new head coach, Kevin Kling.
Kling is contracted to coach the team for the next three seasons.
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He previously served as head coach for Triton Central in the 2010-11 season, where the team had an overall record of 7-4 and were ranked 118th in Indiana, according to MaxPreps. He also previously worked as an assistant coach for Princeton High School’s varsity football team.
Kling replaces former head coach Troy Pritchett, who coached the team since the 2014-15 season.
“My family and I are very excited to get up here,” Kling said.
“We appreciate the opportunity to come up here and work with your community and things like that and be a part of this community,” he added.
Superintendent Dr. Brent Comer said Kling’s motivation to help the school build a quality program, even outside of football, helped him stand out in the hiring process.
“Coach Kling himself was just an impressive guy. And, just the more we talked and just is I think we’ll all get to know him; I think what you see is what you get. I think it’s his excitement and his passion, not just about football, but he kept talking about building quality and building quality programs and working with the youth,” Comer said.
In other business
The board accepted bids for the sale of two properties owned by the corporation in Huron. Both bids were sent by James Carpenter for a total of $332,000 for the two properties. One property, 48.75 acres was set for a minimum bid of $180,500; the other property, 48 acres, had a minimum bid amount of $150,000. Carpenter’s bid was the only one received.
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Security fencing is up around the future site of the MCS fieldhouse building. Construction will begin on that project and the new maintenance storage facility building as soon as the construction company feels the weather is in an acceptable spot to do so, according to Comer.
“It’s going to be fast and furious six or eight months to come very, very soon,” he said.
Over the next few months, MCS, alongside Shoals and Orleans schools, will conduct a study to determine the need for any career and technical education offerings for for the COSMOS schools going forward, possibly including a career center.
Comer told the board that COVID-19 cases have been on the decline in the MCS schools, with their numbers trending positively.
- Jean Sowders – PBL & Novus Lab Coordinator
- Chris Bowles – MJHS Secretary
- Libby Jarrett – Speech Language Pathology Assistant
- Shane Collingsworth – Hatfield Elementary Night Shift Class B Maintenance
- Dianna Randolph – MCS Transportation Afternoon Route Supervisor
- Shelby Cole – Assistant Junior Class Sponsor – 1st Assistant (Basketball Concessions)
- Whitney Reed – Robotics Coach
- Crystal Miller – Junior High Boys Track
- Hannah Courtright – Junior High Girls Track
- JR Courtright – Assistant Junior High Track
- Ethan Pridemore – 8th Grade Baseball Coach
Noah Dalton is a reporter in Bedford, IN. He can be reached at [email protected]