Matt Limbaugh will take over the Scott County Central girls program after three seasons of being the Braves' baseball coach. Limbaugh replaces the Bravettes former head coach Semona Penrod.
"I thank God for this opportunity, I thank Scott Central and I'm very excited to get in there to show what I can do inside the basketball arena as well," said Limbaugh. "This is a great opportunity and I'm looking forward to it."
Heading the Braves' baseball team, Limbaugh led a once depleted program to 10 wins two seasons ago -- the most since 1993 when the Braves went 13-7.
Limbaugh is hoping to mimic results from the baseball field and apply them onto the hardwood.
"Being with the baseball program and being around coach (Kenyon) Wright and coach (Frank) Staples has helped me tremendously," Limbaugh said. "Being around them, I've learned the expectations are to win right away and that's something that motivates me and it wants me to be a part of something like that.
"I couldn't be happier."
Low roster numbers and even lower win totals have hit the Bravettes hard in the last four years. So hard, in fact, fielding a team has been a battle in itself failing to do so in 2009.
Once a dominant force in girls basketball, the Bravettes hold seven state championships -- tied for most in state history. They have won 24 district titles with the last coming in 2008.
"Just like the boys program, the girls have a storied program," Limbaugh said. "Hopefully, we can mimic the success that both programs have had in the past years."
Limbaugh will take over a program filled with young talent who had Class 1, District 2 champion Delta on the ropes last season during the district championship. The Bravettes held a 2-point lead at halftime but ended up losing 65-46.
"They have a good, young nucleus coming up and I'm very excited to be a part of it," Limbaugh said. "They've played together since they were in elementary school. They're familiar with each other and it's going to be exciting to get in there and use my strategies to help them perform and get to that next level of competition."
Limbaugh graduated from Sikeston High School in 2005 and played baseball for Victory University, formerly known as Crichton College, in Memphis, Tenn. He graduated Southeast Missouri State University just this year.