By Andrew Glover
STILLWATER, Okla. —
Oklahoma State University graduate Kirk Kinzie knows what it’s like to live in a small town as he graduated high school from Perkins-Tryon in 2008. Kinzie will experience a similar atmosphere in Mulhall as he was hired as the high school baseball coach during a board meeting Monday.
“I’m pretty excited, I feel like I’m in the right place,” Kinzie said. “Mulhall-Orlando has a great family atmosphere. I feel like I’m in the same area (where I grew up).”
This is Kinzie’s first head coaching job after graduating from OSU last May. The new coach said he is just one of the changes to the Panthers’ baseball program.
“We’re remodeling the indoor facility,” Kinzie said. “We are starting dirt work on a new field. We are going to have a new irrigation system, new lights, new fencing, new uniforms — pretty much anything you can think of will be new.”
Kinzie met with his new team last week and said he’s excited about his first year.
“They have a lot of potential and can really succeed. They need to come together as one good group of kids. There mind is definitely in the right place.”
The Panthers are coming off a regional berth last spring. Kinzie will be the program’s third coach in as many years. Kinzie replaces Brett Converse, who resigned. In 2011-12, Brett Holmes was the coach and took the same position at Dover High School last year. Kinzie said he hopes he can bring some stability to the program.
“I understand where they are coming from,” Kinzie said. “Overall, I feel I’m in the right place.”
Before graduating from Oklahoma State, Kinzie played two years of college baseball at Connors State as a pitcher. With August coming closer, Kinzie is anxious to get started.
“It’s my first coaching gig,” Kinzie said. “I’ve doing a lot of training and volunteer coaching in the past. I just want to get started on that head coaching position and hope I can fill it well.”