by: Perry Phillips, Perry Phillips Sports Dot Com
The Reeds Spring Varsity Basketball Programs will be under new leadership next School Year.
A familiar face will be on the bench when the girls basketball season tips next year at Reeds Spring. Yes, a new hire has been made but its one that has Reeds Spring ties.
Last Night the Reeds Spring Board of Education approved the hiring of Jessica McNichols to lead the program. Nichols has served the last three years as the head coach at Lockwood High School. She was also the schools Athletic Director. But, before heading to Lockwood, McNichols was an assistant at Reeds Spring. Only leaving the District in order to pursue the opportunity to be a Head Coach. Now she has gained that experience and is back.
McNichols is an Evangel graduate. She will teach girls PE at the high school.
She will take over for Leslie Reeves-Eakins who is still in the district but stepped down from her coaching duties at the end of this season.
Meanwhile, Austin Kendrick has been named the new boy’s head basketball coach at Reeds Spring. Kendrick comes to Reeds Spring after serving as an assistant at Parkview High School, in Springfield, for the past nine seasons.
He will also teach Physical Education. Kendrick is a graduate of Missouri State University and received his Masters from William Woods.
In addition to Coaching basketball while he was at Parkview, he also assisted with the baseball program, and was sponsor of the Bass Fishing Club.
Kendrick takes over the program from Barry Yocom. Yocom resigned his post at the end of the basketball season, as he transitions into administration. He is set to become the Principal at Jasper High School next year.