Effective August 1, Mitts takes over the head coach position from Randy Robertson, JACS athletic director, who served as head coach for the high school boys’ basketball team for six years.
“We’re thrilled to have Maryann coaching and leading our high school boys’ basketball team,” said Tracey Welch, McAuley principal. “We have a terrific group of boys that will benefit greatly from an exceptional coach like Maryann.”
McAuley, and the JACS system, competes in the Ozark 7 conference through the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHAA).
“My passion is helping develop students as athletes and individuals,” said Mitts. “As the head coach at McAuley, I have the opportunity to encourage the further growth of these students.”
Mitts is an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology at Missouri Southern State University. She also serves in Catholic Campus Ministry at MSSU and is currently on the JACS School Board. She is the all-time winningest coach in the history of women’s basketball at MSSU. She joined MSSU after coaching at Rockhurst University in Kansas City. At Rockhurst she served as the head coach for women’s basketball for five seasons after holding the assistant coach position for the three years prior.
She graduated from Rockhurst in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in secondary education, followed by a Master of Arts degree in higher education administration, emphasis in athletic administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1995, and a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Studies from the University of Loyola-New Orleans in 2017. She earned her Doctor of Education (Ed.D.), in Kinesiology Pedagogy in May 2018 from the University of Arkansas.
“Maryann’s passion for our students’ spiritual development, coupled with her tremendous coaching experience and leadership, are a perfect combination,” said Georgiana L. McGriff, JACS director.
About Joplin Area Catholic Schools
Founded in 1885 by Sister Catherine McAuley’s Sisters of Mercy the Joplin Area Catholic Schools serves the greater Joplin community to educate Catholic and Non-Catholic children from Preschool through grade 12 at St. Mary’s Catholic Elementary, St. Peter’s Catholic Middle and McAuley Catholic High School. JACSS’ goal is to teach young people to integrate Christian values into all aspects of life. The system endeavors to graduate young adults who are effective witnesses to the presence of Christ in the world. Visit www.JACSS.org for more information about the schools.