Missouri Southern baseball Coach Bryce Darnell has announced the signing of Kyle Coatney, a 2009 Monett High School graduate, and seven other players to begin play with the Lions in the 2010 season.
"We feel like we have had a successful recruiting class," Darnell said. "Adding these players to the players we signed in the fall gives us a great mix of pitching and speed. We needed to address our pitching depth and our ability to steal bases. We are looking forward to the start of fall practice."
Coatney is a 6-3, 180 pound pitcher/infielder where he played for Coach Michael Calhoun and the Cubs. He holds the school record for career strikeouts, innings pitched, complete games, and games pitched, while starting every year at Monett.
A member of the Cubs' district championship teams in his freshman and sophomore campaigns, Coatney was an honorable mention All-Conference selection at pitcher as a sophomore, while picking up first team nods as a junior at first base. He was also a second team All-Conference selection as a pitcher in 2008, while being named a first team selection at pitcher this past year and also picking up All-District honors.
Coatney also started two years for the Cubs' basketball team, while earning three letters. The son of Mark and Penni Coatney, Kyle is undecided on his future major at Southern.