Archive for Monday, April 25, 2011

BHS principal, boys basketball head coach hired

April 25, 2011

Two Baldwin High School openings were filled today when the USD 348 Board of Education met in a Monday morning meeting.

Rob McKim was hired as the BHS Principal. McKim is the assistant principal at Fort Scott High School. He was one of six candidates that were interviewed out of the 40 applicants.

McKim will replace Shaun Moseman as BHS Principal. Moseman resigned last month after five years at BHS.

The other hire was Dustin Leochner as the BHS boys’ basketball head coach. Leochner is a boys’ assistant basketball coach at Free State High School. He was one of 15 to 20 candidates that applied for the opening.

Leochner will replace Eric Toot as the boys’ head basketball coach. Toot resigned as head coach after five years with the program. Baldwin High’s assistant coaches, Chad Scoby and Jason Crowder, also resigned in March. Those positions will be filled in the near future, but BHS administrators wanted to fill the head coaching vacancy first.

There will be full stories on both hires in Thursday’s Signal.


Torch 11 years, 7 months ago

Good luck to Coach Leochner. Hope you can handle the heat.

It's never a good thing to be the coach who follows someone who was pressured to resign by a group of disgruntled parents, especially when that coach was very, very good.

Don't get too comfortable - you're next on the chopping block.


TheOnlyGreyghost 11 years, 7 months ago

Torch, have you ever in your miserable life, awakened to a day in which you were NOT plagued by constipation, ED, heartburn, nervous twitches, paranoid delusions, and lethal halitosis?

Perhaps if your doctors could find just the right medications, you would no longer have so much grief to unleash on others. Wishing you better health and every happiness in the coming days.


Torch 11 years, 7 months ago

Have you ever woken up without your blinders on?


TheOnlyGreyghost 11 years, 7 months ago

Quite so. It's my "blinders" that cause you to have a bitter, negative comment to make about anything and everything. If that makes you feel better, believe.


1bulldog 11 years, 7 months ago

Toot resigned because he felt it was his time to resign. He did it for the kids, not himself. He also had a loyal coaching staff that followed his move.
It was ONE parent that put pressure on him through an email, not several.
If Toot was "very, very good," then what why the 6 & 7 win seasons?

If you really want to get a good coach, maybe the district should have more than just a supplemental salary to offer. For example, facilities that have been taken care of over the years, money for the activity budget, and administrators that back coaches? Oh, that's right, that's about to happen for the HS Coaches with their new admins. They hope.

There are kids that played for Toot that loved him, give the new guy a break and let's see what he's got to offer the next group of student athletes. And give the student athletes some hope that things will turn around.


Stacy Napier 11 years, 7 months ago

If we are in such a budget crunch why do we pay for a basketball coach at all. Some parent should volunteer.


Spiderpig 11 years, 7 months ago

It seems to me that Torch was just warning the new coach of what is surely to come in his tenure as the new coach. Seemed appropriate when you look at the events that have taken place with our parents and coaches over the past couple of years.

Even though it was just one parent that sent out the email, only a couple of the other parents responded to Toot to let him know that they appreciated the job he was doing. The silence of the others said plenty.

1bulldog: if you think that Toot is not a very good coach because they only won 6 and 7 games the last couple of years then you way over estimate the talent pool that he had to work with. You would be hard pressed to find any one of those players that would put the blame on Coach Toot.


Julie Craig 11 years, 7 months ago

Sounds like you're pretty close to the situation spidy. Are you a teacher/coach too?

Most parents would ignore an inflammatory e-mail and opt for a face to face conversation if they felt there was something to say. That is just weird and paranoid to assume because some parents were silent on the matter that they agreed with it.


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