Kevin HartHead Menís Basketball Coach, Marshall High School, Marshall, MO
Kevin Hart moved to Marshall from Orange, N.J. in 1972 to attend Missouri Valley College. Although the culture shock made him homesick for a while, he quickly immersed himself in college life and soon adjusted to the peace of a small Midwest college town. He was active in Greek life and was an outstanding Viking basketball player all four years.
After graduating with a bachelorís degree in education, he taught history one semester in Hughesville, then the next three years at Marshall High School. From 1980-1996 Kevin taught boys physical education at Bueker Middle School. In 1988 he was named Marshall School Districtís Teacher of the Year for the middle school division.
During his teaching career he coached various Marshall High School teams, including cross-country, freshman and junior varsity boyís basketball, and finally varsity boys basketball for eleven years. His teams won six district titles, reached the 3A quarterfinals three times, and finished fourth in state in 1993. His summer and winter clinics taught basketball fundamentals to boys from elementary through high school age. After fifteen years away from the head coaching position, Kevin is returning to Marshall High School this winter as varsity boys basketball coach.
Kevin resigned from coaching to pursue graduate work. In 1995 he received his masterís degree from the University of Missouri in Columbia. From 1996-1999 he was Assistant Principal at Bueker Middle School. In 1998 Kevin was honored to be inducted into the Missouri Valley College Athletic Hall of Fame.
From 1999-2002 Kevin was Director of Saline County High School, an alternative school which serves students from Marshall, Malta Bend, Slater, and Sweet Springs. During his time at SCHS, Kevin earned a specialist degree in administration from Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg. In 2002 he was hired as assistant superintendent for the Marshall School District, a position he held for four years. Kevin directed many departments within the district, including technology, building and grounds, classified staff, insurance committee, and the summer school food service program.
Finally, after 30 years in the field of public education, Kevin retired from the Marshall School District in 2006 and began a new job as director of support services at Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall. This administrative position included overseeing three departments -- maintenance, environment services, and dietary. In November 2007 he added a new title and expanded responsibilities at the hospital as director of human resources. He held this position until leaving the hospital in September of this year.
Another major component of his work with Fitzgibbon Hospital was the overseeing of the $10 million construction and renovation project at the hospital during 2006 to 2007. He also worked diligently with other dedicated community members to raise $4 million to build a Cancer Center at the hospital.
In addition to Kevinís accomplishments in his professional career, he has also been a great asset to the community in other ways. Among his many endeavors, he was one of the founders of the Salt Fork YMCA, working with the original committee members to bring the Y to Marshall. He has served as Director of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), served on the TIF committee, and on the Blosser Board of Directors. He coached countless basketball, football, baseball, and soccer teams, donating his time and expertise throughout the seasons. He is an active member of St. Peterís Catholic Church in Marshall and a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Kevin lives near Marshall with his wife, Terri, and youngest son, Lucas, who is a junior at Marshall High School. His son, Brian, is a sophomore at Northwest Missouri State in Maryville, and his oldest son, Derek, lives in North Kansas City with his wife, Stephanie, and two daughters, Brecklynn and Ireland.