Smithpeters Announced as Head Coach at John A. Logan
July 3, 2012
CARTERVILLE, Ill. -- Missouri State University assistant men's basketball coach Kyle Smithpeters was announced Tuesday as the seventh head coach in the 45-year history of John A. Logan College.
The 29-year-old Smithpeters replaces the recently-retired Mark Imhoff, who coached the Volunteers the last 17 seasons. Imhoff is the winningest coach in school history with a record of 337-200.
“Becoming a head coach is the goal of every assistant," said Missouri State head coach Paul Lusk. "We’re happy for Kyle to get this opportunity at a place he’s familiar with and a place with such a great basketball history. On behalf of our staff, players and fans, I want to thank Kyle for his time at Missouri State and wish him all the best in the future.”
Smithpeters, a native of nearby Harrisburg, Ill., said he is honored to take over the head coaching reins at Logan.
“I think it’s a great opportunity for me," Smithpeters explained. "John A. Logan College is a very special place. It’s a place I truly enjoyed working in the four years I was here with Coach Imhoff. I can’t wait to get started. It’s exciting.”
"My time at Missouri State has allowed me to grow," he said. "Working with Coach Lusk and the staff at MSU has helped me out quite a bit, and I am grateful for the opportunity."
Smithpeters joined the Bears' staff on April 6, 2011 and spent nearly 15 months in the MSU program. He is a 2001 graduate of Harrisburg (Ill.) High School, where he competed in multiple sports. He went on to play four years of college basketball, the first three, which included a redshirt year, at Southeastern Illinois under Todd Franklin, and the last two for Chris Lowery at Southern Illinois University, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history in 2006.
Smithpeters proceeded to coach one year at Southeastern Illinois and moved to John A. Logan College at the start of the 2007-2008 school year to serve as an assistant to Imhoff for four seasons. The Vols went 81-42 during that span of seasons.
Kyle and his wife Carrie have an 8-month-old son, Tobey.
A search for Smithpeters' replacement at Missouri State will begin immediately, according to Lusk.