From the Springfield News-Leader:
"The National Federation of State High School Associations has named Springfield's Jason Hite its Midwest Region Coach of the Year. Hite coaches the boys' and girls' swim teams at Kickapoo High School and the boys' teams at Nixa and Greenwood. Kickapoo's boys' team finished eighth at the state championship meet in November, its fourth consecutive top-eight finish under Hite. Kickapoo's girls team posted the best finish in its history, seventh, at the state meet last February.
The NFHS midwest region is comprised of Missouri, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota, and only one coach from that six-state region is chosen each year for the NFHS honor. The NFHS has been recognizing coaches through an awards program since 1982."
I have had the honor of getting my butt kicked by the Kickapoo Chiefs for over ten years now with Hite at the helm for most of it. I am embedding an interview below with him and Rockhurst's Paul Winkeler after prelims at the MSHSAA boys' state meet, where you get to see a little bit of what it is really like to be on deck with him.
Fear the 'POO!