Smithpeters Joins Missouri State Men's Basketball Coaching Staff



SPRINGFIELD -- Missouri State head coach Paul Lusk has named a second assistant to his men's basketball staff. He officially named John A. Logan College assistant Kyle Smithpeters to the post on Wednesday (April 6).

Smithpeters has spent the last four seasons at the Carterville, Ill., junior college 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. John A. Logan won 16 straight league games a year ago and followed that effort with an impressive 18-10 campaign this winter.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for a guy my age to get a chance to work with a coach like Paul Lusk," Smithpeters said. "He wants to win as much as I do, and I respect what he has done as a coach."

All told, the Volunteers were 82-41 in Smithpeters' four seasons at Logan, turning out 11 Division I players in all during that span with a pair of 20-win campaigns.

Like Lusk, Smithpeters is a product of Southern Illinois University (2006) where he walked on to the Salukis squad in 2004-05 and played two seasons as a reserve guard for coach Chris Lowery.  He saw action in 15 games for two NCAA Tournament teams at SIU after a successful junior college career at Southeastern Illinois College.

"Kyle is a sensational recruiter and one of the most-talented young coaches you'll find," Lusk said. "He is successful and exudes the kind of class and leadership that Missouri State fans will appreciate."

As a sophomore at Southeastern, he averaged 10.3 points per game and 4.9 rebounds, while earning all-conference recognition. He helped lead the Falcons to a 31-5 record and a fourth place finish at the NJCAA national tournament. SIC was 55-6 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.

The 28-year-old assistant and his wife, Carrie, are expected to arrive in Springfield early next week. His hire is subject to final approval by the Missouri State Board of Governors at its next meeting in May.

Lusk noted that the remainder of his coaching staff will be finalized soon. He named Patrick Baldwin as his first assistant on Tuesday. Lusk officially became Missouri State's 17th head basketball coach on April 1 and returns eight lettermen from the 2010-11 Missouri Valley Conference champions.



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