Boonville Hires New Principal

| March 22, 2013 | 12:01 pm
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Photography courtesy of cmueagles.com.

Central Methodist baseball coach Fred Smith has announced his plans to retire.  Smith will retire at the end of the 2013 season to take over as principal at Laura Speed Elliot Middle School in Boonville, the university in Fayette said in a news release on Thursday.

Smith will continue with CMU until May 31.  He has led the Eagle baseball program for the last six seasons.  Prior to that, Smith taught in the Boonville School District for nine years.  The Boonville Board of Education said Friday that Smith will assume his new position on July 1.  He is replacing Shelli Adams, who was appointed Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources and Curriculum.

Press Release from the Boonville R-1 Board of Education

The Boonville R-1 Board of Education is pleased to announce the hiring of Fred Smith as Principal at Laura Speed Elliot Middle School in the Boonville School District.  Mr. Smith had previously been with the Boonville R-1 School District for 9 years as a teacher at Laura Speed Elliot Middle School.  Currently, Mr. Smith is Adjunct Professor of Education and Head Men’s Baseball Coach at Central Methodist University.  Mr. Smith will begin his new position on July 1, 2013 where he will take over for Shelli Adams who recently was appointed Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources and Curriculum in the district.

Information from Central Methodist University

Fred Smith enters his sixth season at the helm of the Central Methodist baseball program and 25th overall as a coach. His record with the Eagles entering the 2013 season is 87-132.

The 2013 team looks to be one of our finest teams yet. The 2012 team went 25-22-1 and had a heart breaking loss in the championship game of the Conference Tournament with nearly all of the 2012 team returning, and another great recruiting class. The Eagles have post season baseball in their sights.

The 2012 team was named the NAIA Buffalo Fuels Five Star Champion of Character Baseball Team of the Year. Coach Smith also was named C.M.U.’s Conference Coach of the Year.

Smith’s 2011 CMU team finished with a record of 22-24 overall and 16-12 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference. The Eagles made the HAAC postseason tournament for the first time since 2004.

Three of Smith’s players have signed professional contracts in the last four years, highlighted by Freddie Cabrera, who was selected by the LA Dodgers in the 26th round of the MLB draft in June. Cabrera and Cory Cowsert are currently pitching in the minor leagues. Numerous players have also moved on to NCAA Division I and II programs.

In 2009, the baseball team was recognized for its outstanding contributions to Central Methodist and the surrounding communities by being named CMU’s Team Champions of Character. Smith was selected as Central Methodist’s Champions of Character Coach-of-the-Year in 2008.

Before taking over at CMU, Smith served as assistant and then head baseball coach at Boonville High School from 1989-2007, with a career coaching record of 87-34.

Smith, a 1979 Hickman High School graduate, earned his bachelor’s degree in education at CMU in 1985 and has undertaken graduate studies at University of Missouri-Columbia. Smith and his wife, Gayla (Renfrow) Smith, a 1987 CMU graduate, live in Nelson.

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