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Kyle Smithpeters joined the Missouri State coaching staff on, April 6, 2011.
Smithpeters spent the last four seasons at John A. Logan College in Carterville, Ill., and has been instrumental in helping the Vols' collect an impressive roster of Division I-caliber talent. Logan won the Great Rivers Athletic Conference title in 2009-10 with Smithpeters' first full recruiting class, which produced eight NCAA Division I players. Logan won 16 straight league games in 2009-10 and followed that effort with an impressive 18-10 campaign in 2010-11.
All told, the Volunteers were 82-41 in Smithpeters' four seasons at John A. Logan, turning out 13 Division I players, including 10 who went on to earn all-conference honors, during that span with a pair of 20-win campaigns. Among his impressive list of former players are Jesse Perry of Arizona, Lazeric Jones of UCLA and Stan Simpson of Memphis.
Smithpeters is a product of Southern Illinois University (2006) where he transfered to the Salukis' squad in 2004-05 and played two seasons as a reserve guard for coach Chris Lowery. He was part of two NCAA Tournament teams at SIU after a successful juco career at Southeastern Illinois College.
At Southeastern, he played 27 games as a freshman in 2001-02 as part of a 27-6 squad. He scored 155 points and grabbed 106 boards with 20 threes as a true freshman. After sitting out a year, he posted an 11.2 scoring average in 2003-04 as part of a 32-4 team that advanced to the national semifinals. He also pulled down 5.5 rebounds, hit 42 threes and shot 45 percent from the field, while earning all-conference recognition. SIC was 59-10 in his two seasons there as a player.
A native of Harrisburg, Ill., Smithpeters was an all-state selection and a three-time all-conference performer at Harrisburg High School. As a senior, his team made it to the final 16 of the state tournament, and in 2000, he was a member of the 14-0 football state championship team.
After graduating from SIU with a degree in history, he coached one season at Southeastern Illinois College before accepting his current position in 2007 as the No. 2 man at John A. Logan under long-time head coach Mark Imhoff.
Smithpeters and his wife, Carrie, welcomed their first child, Tobey, on Nov. 8, 2011.