SIKESTON - The 2002-2003 high school sports year officially kicks off Aug. 12, with fall sports practice. Several new faces will be on the sidelines, leading area teams this upcoming year. Here is a look at coaching changes in our coverage area:
In football, there were two changes. Brent Keefer is stepping down as an assistant and will be replaced by former coach Terry Flannigan. Brad Blackmon is also leaving East Prairie to rejoin Sikeston's team of football assistants. He is replacing Chris Moore.
In volleyball, Kim Pinkard will replace Nancy Miles as assistant coach.
Former tennis coach Lynn DeWitt also returns, taking the job from Suzanne Hart.
In soccer, Doyle Noe is replacing assistant coach Chris Hodgkiss.
In girls basketball, Molley Noe takes over for Matt Ginther. She will also replace Beth Brunkhorst in track.
Gary Williams will take over the cross country team for Brunkhorst.
In football, assistant David Williams left for Poplar Bluff. He will be replaced by James Sneed.
In basketball, former Puxico coach Chuck Powers takes over as freshman coach.
Aaron Pixley has been promoted to head wrestling coach, taking over for Williams. Sneed will be his assistant. Jill Becker will be the head boys and girls track coach, taking over for Kris Vandeven.
Dan Kesselring is now athletic director, taking over for Beverly Wright.
In football, Keith Anderson was hired as an assistant. In volleyball, Amanda Broshius has been promoted to head coach, taking over for Scott Crabtree.
Seth Benton has been hired as an assistant for the boys and girls tennis teams.
Brent Anderson will take over for Wright as head coach of the girls basketball team. Gina Black will be his assistant, taking over for Clint Johnson.
In basketball, Keith Anderson will replace Crabtree as assistant coach. In baseball, Chris Stanfield has been to promoted to head coach, taking over for Brent Anderson. His assistant will be Keith Anderson.
The new head track coach will be Kesselring, taking over the girls team from Wright. Danny Farmer will be an assistant for both Track teams.
In football, Jim White left and Dempsey Craft has been moved up to varsity assistant. Justin Marler will also be an assistant for the football team.
In girls basketball, Matt Ginther replaces Wayne Early as head coach. Tommy Schoemehl will be his assistant. In boys basketball, David Fields takes over for Joby Holland. His assistant will be Jason Andrews.
Arlen Pixley will no longer be an assistant baseball coach. His replacement has yet to be decided. Bobbi Rae Smith has been hired as an assistant volleyball coach.
Former multi-sport standout Eric Ellerbrook has been hired as an assistant for the football and basketball teams.
Gentry Early-Vancil will be replaced by interim head coach Kerwin Urhahn in volleyball.
Ken Latham takes over for John Garner as athletic director and head football coach.
Brett Blackmon will take over for Brad Blackman as head coach of the track and field team. In girls basketball, Kena Sneathern will replace assistant Kim Myers.
David Mirly will replace Paulette Caruthers as head volleyball coach. In softball, Debbie Lewis will take over for Mark Devenport.
In football, Jim May is replacing assistant coach Jason Mott.
In football, Jason Burkman takes over head coaching duties for Stephen O'Brien. Laura Ort will replace Barbara Ice as head volleyball coach.
Chance White will replace Jimmy Lincoln as head basketball coach. Matt Lacey takes over for Bob Marshall as head softball coach.
Melvin Porter will replace Steve Wells as head boys basketball coach and athletic director.
In basketball, Cory Johnson replaces assistant coach Tim Corley.