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Gibbs retires from teaching, remains Sikeston football coach

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

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Kent Gibbs
SIKESTON -- The Sikeston R-6 school board accepted the employee retirement of Sikeston coach Kent Gibbs on Tuesday, although he will continue his commitment as Sikeston's head football coach.

Gibbs, who has been the head football coach at Sikeston for the last four seasons, will be retiring from his assistant principal position at Sikeston's alternative school and his teaching duties as high school physical education teacher.

"Kent will be retiring from his classroom and his administrative work with us, but he will continue on as our head football coach and all the responsibilities that go with that," Sikeston Superintendent Steve Borgsmiller said. "He wants to be here and we want him to be here. The kids, I know, are going to be thrilled.

"He wanted to continue (coaching) and we are thrilled to have him come back."

Traditionally at Sikeston coaches are current teachers, however, there are exceptions made on occasion.

"Historically in this district if we have someone retire, with the exception of academic coaches and other positions, they are allowed to work after retirement for 550 hours in public schools without being able to draw their retirement," Borgsmiller said.

Gibbs has led the Sikeston Bulldogs football team to two Class 4 state semifinal appearances in the last two seasons accumulating a 26-2 record in the process.

Next season will be his 23rd season as a head football coach and stands now with a career record of 111-109 during that time.

"I really enjoy coaching and I really enjoy coaching at Sikeston," said Gibbs. " We've got a good group of kids that want to work and a good group of coaches. They are very enjoyable to be around and that's how I want to spend my time.

"Hopefully, I will continue to do that for a long time."

Although Gibbs will no longer be teaching in a classroom setting, he believes his teaching days are not yet behind him.

"I think a coach is a teacher," he said. "To be a good coach you have to be a good teacher. I get a chance to continue teaching and maybe spend a little more time on things that are important to me in regards to that which is building young men and building kids to be more than football players. I would like to be able to think that might be an area that we'll be able to pick up on a little bit more and carry farther than what we've already done. Certainly, that's what I'm going to try and do."


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