MT. CARMEL - Kevin Smith was hired as head coach of the Mt. Carmel baseball team Monday by the District 348 Board of Education.
Smith, a long-time assistant football coach at the Hilltop, had served as assistant baseball coach in previous years. He replaces John Copeland, who resigned at the end of last season.
For Smith, the starting center on Mt. Carmel’s 1981 Class 3A state championship football team, it is unique chance to join his son, Shea, in the prep baseball coaching ranks. Shea Smith is the head coach at Norris City-Omaha-Enfield.
In other sports-related personnel moves, the school board hired Jake Shiever as assistant football coach, replacing Mike Mandrell, who resigned. And, Kelsey Beckerman was approved to serve as a volunteer assistant volleyball coach for the Lady Aces.