As a player won state championships in high school, national championship in college.
It may be extremely late in the teacher/coaching recruiting season, but Rolla High School Athletic Director Cathy Shoup feels the Bulldogs have come up with a good one to fill their baseball head coach opening.
Clint Longwell, who has three high school state championships and a collegiate national championship to his credit as a player, has been hired as the new Rolla High baseball head coach.
Longwell will also teach history at RHS, according to Shoup.
He replaces Karl Odenwald as a history teacher and baseball head coach at RHS. Last week Odenwald resigned from RHS to accept a teaching position at Fort Zumwalt North High School in St. Louis.
Odenwald was also a RHS football assistant coach. Shoup hopes to announce the hiring of a new football assistant soon. Football practice is to begin Aug. 4.
It’s the second straight year Rolla High officials have had to scurry to replace a teacher/coach right before the start of the school year.
The Bulldogs landed on their feet last year with the hiring of former St. James High and S&T football record-setter Chad Shockley. And now Shoup feels good about the school’s latest late coaching hire.
“We’re really happy with the hiring of Clint,” Shoup said. “We feel he was a very, very strong candidate. We definitely felt he was someone who can keep our (baseball) program moving in a positive direction.”
It’s the first head coaching position for Longwell, age 33 and single.
The past two years Longwell has been a teacher and assistant football and assistant baseball coach at Buffalo High School. Prior to that he worked in the transportation industry and trade association.
Longwell has an impressive playing background.
A 1999 graduate of St. Pius X High School (Kansas City), Longwell was a pitcher on the St. Pius X state championship team in both 1998 and 1999. He also played on the St. Pius X football state championship squad in 1998.
He went on to pitch for the University of Central Missouri baseball program, helping the Mules win the NCAA Division II national championship as a starting pitcher in 2003.
After receiving his B.S. Degree in business administration/finance focus from Central Missouri, Longwell attended Missouri State University from 2010-12, receiving his Masters Degree in teaching.
“His baseball resume is pretty impressive,” Shoup said of Longwell. “He’s really organized; he’ll have a plan.”
Longwell said he was coming to Rolla this weekend to house hunt and doesn’t plan to meet with his baseball squad until the school year begins.
The RHS baseball team is losing just four seniors from last season’s squad, which finished 18-11 and captured the Missouri Class 5 District 10 Tournament championship before falling to eventual Class 5 state champion Columbia Rock Bridge in sectional playoff action.
“I’m extremely excited,” Longwell said of coming to Rolla. “I think it will be a good fit for me. I’m excited to get the opportunity to teach and coach.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing the group (of players) and hopefully improve on our performance last year. It’s a great opportunity for me. I’m real excited to get to Rolla and meet everyone.”