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McGill named new Sikeston athletic director

Saturday, July 14, 2012 ~ Updated 10:08 AM

sports@standard-democrat.com

SIKESTON -- The Sikeston R-6 school district has announced the hiring of a new athletic director.

Andy McGill will take over the vacant spot left over by former director Brent Keefer, who took the position in 2004.

"I'm honored and privileged to have the opportunity, especially with the tradition that Sikeston has had with their athletics," McGill said. "To be involved with the student-athletes that we have and the coaches who continue to strive to keep our athletic department great is a really good place to be -- it's a good place to step into."

McGill has been with the Sikeston school district for the past seven years. He has been with the Sikeston football, golf and track programs.

Since his return to his alma mater, McGill has been involved with the Sikeston Bulldogs football program. As a defensive coordinator, McGill led a stingy defense to record-breaking numbers as well as two undefeated seasons in 2009 and 2010.

McGill will continue his duties as the defensive coordinator.

On top of his position as defensive coordinator, McGill has coached the Sikeston golf team the last five years and was part of the track team for two. He will no longer coach the golf team.

"Knowing the area and knowing the coaches and being apart of our sports programs at our school, you get to know other athletic directors and administrations around the schools," McGill said. "Whether it's referees, players, coaches or administrators that's always an advantage to have that.

"I'll definitely use those connections and networks that I've built being here the last seven years."

McGill graduated William Jewel University in 1999. He coached football for 6 1/2 years at both William Jewel (2 1/2 years) and Southeast Missouri State University (4 years).

"Hopefully, we'll keep on the winning tradition and continue to have the success that we have had."