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ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Missouri Baptist University announced the hiring of Scott and Mark Sissom to lead the men's cross-country and track and field programs in the 2012-2013 season on Tuesday. The coaches will take over for Gordon Reiter, who led both programs before announcing his retirement earlier this month.
Mark Sissom comes to Missouri Baptist with 24 years of coaching experience. Formerly the head track and field coach at Layfayette High School, Sissom led the track and field teams to six Suburban West Conference titles, six MSHSAA District Championship titles, and placed second and fourth (2 times) at the MSHSAA Class 4A Track & Field Championship.
Scott Sissom is the former head track and field coach at both McCluer North and Hazelwood East High Schools and will begin his time at Missouri Baptist with 12 years of coaching experience. In his high school coaching experience, he led two teams to Missouri State Championships.
This will be the first collegiate coaching position that both have had the opportunity to lead, but neither is a stranger to college athletics. Mark Sissom attended Truman State University and was a four-year letterman in both track and field and football. In 1977, he became an NCAA Division II All-American in the discus throw.
Scott Sissom was also a multi-sport athlete, competing in track and field, football and wrestling in high school. He received a scholarship to wrestle for NCAA Division I school, University of Missouri, in 1991.