In the closed session of the Sedalia School District 200 Board of Education meeting on Monday, May 24, Charlie McFail was approved as the new head coach for Smith-Cotton High School’s track and field program and Amy Miller was promoted to head coach for the Lady Tigers softball program.

McFail, who will continue as the Tigers football head coach, replaces Brad Hagedorn, who is moving over to launch a track program at State Fair Community College. Miller, who had been a softball assistant coach, moves up with the departure of Josh Dawson from the district.

Smith-Cotton Athletic Director Rob Davis is excited to have McFail take over the track program.

“Coaching both track and football provides an excellent opportunity to build numbers for both programs,” Davis said. “As an assistant coach over the years, he has mentored many of our top athletes in several different events. That, combined with his leadership ability, made for an easy decision for him to become our new head track coach.”
The position is not new ground for McFail.

“It may have surprised some people who don’t think of me as a track coach, but I have a total of 17 years of experience, including coaching track for several years at Missouri Valley College,” he said. “Unlike football, which is the ultimate team sport, track and field allows athletes to strive for and achieve goals as individuals. I am looking forward to helping as many Smith-Cotton athletes as possible set and reach high goals. As a team, my goal is to win a conference championship."

Davis sees Miller moving seamlessly into the head coaching role.

“Amy Miller has been a stabilizing force within our softball program for years. I am excited for her to take over as the head coach and continue leading the program forward,” Davis said. “She has a great knowledge of the game but more importantly, she is a relationship builder. I have no doubt her influence as the leader of the program will immediately be felt by all of our stakeholders."

Miller is “excited and honored” for her new challenge.

“I have always loved the game and am hoping to bring a new and positive light to the program,” she said. “We are working hard to put together an experienced and knowledgeable staff that will improve the overall atmosphere within the program. I am setting up several opportunities for the student athletes to improve their skill set and gain experience. I know this will set the team up for success this upcoming fall and for future seasons.”

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